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May 14. 2013 8:53PM

Gov. Hassan to nominate three to head state agencies

CONCORD — Gov. Maggie Hassan will nominate three people to head state agencies at today’s Governor and Executive Council meeting; two who currently hold the positions.

Hassan will nominate former Gov. John Lynch’s budget director, John Beardmore, to become the new Department of Revenue Administration commissioner, along with long-time state Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny to that post and Acting Department of Information Technology Commissioner Peter Hastings to a full term.

Beardmore, of Hopkinton, now serves as Department of Safety Director of Administration and also served in the Legislative Budget Assistant’s Office.

“The work done by the Department of Revenue Administration is critical for our efforts to maintain a fiscally responsible state budget, and we must ensure that their work is performed as transparently and fairly as possible,” Hassan said in a statement. “Cuts to DRA positions in recent years have put a significant strain on the department that they have for the most part handled admirably, but it is clear that the agency needs revitalized leadership to improve their effectiveness and communication with taxpayers and with the legislature.

Beardmore also serves as trustee for the New Hampshire Retirement System. He received his master of public administration degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, after receiving his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

He would replace Kevin Clougherty, who did not seek re-nomination to the post.

Sevigny was originally appointed to his post by former Gov. Craig Benson in 2003 and was reappointed by former Gov. John Lynch in 2008.

He has been one of the key players in the state’s efforts to adapt to the Affordable Care Act and has worked with the governor to partner with the federal government to run a health insurance exchange.

“For nearly a decade, Roger Sevigny has worked to protect consumers and improve the health of New Hampshire’s residents by providing appropriate oversight of New Hampshire’s insurance market,” Hassan said in a statement. “Commissioner Sevigny’s continued service will be invaluable as we work to leverage the tools provided by the federal Affordable Care Act to expand health coverage to more families while strengthening our economy and improving the quality of insurance products.”

Sevigny, of Manchester, received his B.A. from Saint Anselm College and is a retired Army Colonel.

Hastings, of Derry, was named Department of Information Technology Acting Commissioner in October 2012 having served in the agency since 2007. He has more than 22 years of experience in the information technology field.

“Ensuring high-quality IT services is critical for effectively meeting the needs of our citizens in the information age,” Hassan said.

The Executive Council will hold public hearings on both nominees before deciding whether to confirm the two men to their posts.

grayno@unionleader.com


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