Woodsville native, Air Force veteran named new Raymond town managerBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
June 12. 2018 8:37PM
RAYMOND — A Woodsville native and recently retired Air Force veteran has been named Raymond’s new town manager.
Joe Ilsley began work Monday after selectmen appointed him to replace Craig Wheeler, who will retire from the job June 15.
“I’m extremely appreciative, not only to the board of selectmen, but also to the citizens who allowed me to come back to serve New Hampshire,” the 42-year-old Ilsley said Tuesday after his second day working alongside Wheeler.
Ilsley, who joined the military when he was 18, grew up in Woodsville and retired from the Air Force as a chief master sergeant on May 4.
He said he served in public administration and law enforcement roles in the Air Force, holds a master’s degree in public administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
Ilsley said he applied for the job because it was an opportunity for him to return to New Hampshire after leaving 24 years ago to serve in the military.
“I really wanted to go to a place where I could raise my family. Home is where I wanted to be,” he said, adding, “The ability to come home and take the skills that I learned abroad and bring them back to New Hampshire seemed very desirable.”
Ilsley said he liked the way selectmen talked about the town during the interviewing process.
“The way they spoke about the people in their town and the way those spoke about their town, it really identified that Raymond was going to be a good fit for me,” he said.
Ilsley and his wife and two children, ages 4 and 6, plan to settle in Amherst.
Selectman Jack Barnes, the board’s chairman, said he was excited to have Ilsley on board.
“The board certainly was 100 percent behind this gentleman. We liked the fact that he did a lot of research. He spent time in Raymond before he sat down with us. He just seemed like a person who wants to be part of the community,” Barnes said.
Barnes said previously that the position’s salary would be between $85,000 and $110,000.