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Amherst selectman resigns to take leadership role at Homeland Security

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

August 15. 2017 2:46PM
NATE JENSEN 

AMHERST -- Selectman Nate Jensen resigned Monday from the Board of Selectmen after accepting a new position with the Department of Homeland Security.

Although Jensen will not be moving to Washington, D.C., he will be commuting there on a weekly basis for his new role as assistant secretary of Homeland Security for strategy, planning, analysis and risk.

“I am honored to be able to join the leadership of the department down in D.C.,” Jensen told his fellow selectmen, describing the job opportunity as extraordinary.

Jensen, who was elected to his selectman seat in March 2015, said his new career move will not allow him to contribute the time necessary for the selectman’s role.

In a statement, Jensen thanked the community for supporting him throughout the past three years, and thanked those who encouraged him to run for elected office.

“The Board of Selectmen has been a terrific team, and we have managed the town well as shown by the strong endorsement of your votes over the last few years,” he said. “ … Amherst is a very special town, and we love it very much.”

Jensen said his new job, which will begin in a few weeks, will last for the next several years. He officially resigned from the Board of Selectmen at the conclusion of Monday’s board meeting.

“I have really enjoyed working with you,” he told the board. “It is a little bittersweet to step down before the end of my term.” Still, Jensen said he could not pass up the unexpected career opportunity.

Dwight Brew, chairman of the board, praised Jensen for stepping up in different roles and volunteering his time in the community throughout the past several years.

“It has been a pleasure for all of us, so thank you for serving. We know you will do well,” said Brew.

Jensen was a former human rights officer and political administrator with the U.S. Department of Defense. He also previously served as an Amherst firefighter and more recently as the school moderator for SAU 39 in Amherst, and the CFO of Smock Media.

Town officials decided to seek nominations from anyone interested in filling the now vacant selectman’s seat until the end of Jensen’s term in March 2018, at which time the position will then be placed on the ballot for voters to decide.

Anyone interested in filling the seat for the next several months is asked to submit a letter of interest to Town Administrator James O’Mara at jomara@amherstnh.gov. The deadline for submissions is noon on Aug. 25.

khoughton@newstote.com


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