February 12. 2014 1:35PM

Executive Council accepts Pappas resignation from Nashua Police Commission

Staff Report

CONCORD – Thomas Pappas is officially no longer the chairman, or a member, of the Nashua Police Commission.

The Executive Council, without comment Wednesday, accepted Pappas' resignation, eight days after he submitted his letter of resignation to Gov. Maggie Hassan. It followed his involvement in the Dec. 23 incident in which his friend, state Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, ran over and killed five ducks outside the Crowne Plaza hotel in their home city.

Campbell called Pappas and Pappas then picked Campbell up from the hotel where the night manager had described Campbell as drunk. Pappas then contacted the police department about two hours after the accident and asked whether Campbell could come into the station the following morning for questioning, according to a police report.

After details about Pappas' involvement were revealed two aldermen called for Pappas to resign.

In his letter of resignation, he says he is stepping down "with a heavy heart."

"I deeply regret my part in the events of December 23, 2013," Pappas wrote, and apologize to you, the Nashua Police Department and the public for the disruption that has occurred as a consequence of them."

He wrote that he will be "cooperating in any manner necessary with the investigation of being conducted by the Attorney General's Office."

Also on Wednesday, the Executive Council accepted the resignation of Michael Pillsbury of Henniker as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

Among nominations brought by Hassan were Terry Pfaff and Denis Parker of Hooksett, and Mark MacKenzie of Manchester to the Compensation Appeals Board as well as Anne Eaton of concord, David Foster of New London and Robert Norton of Concord.

The council authorized the state Department of Insurance to enter into a contract with a consulting firm to help it with its health insurance premium rate review process and transparency related to health insurance premiums and medical care costs in the state, in the amount of $169,920.

Also, Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicholas Toumpas reported to the council that the managed care program is proceeding according to plan, with some "issues" related to the second phase of the program being address on a continuing basis.