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Chicoine to stay on as interim head of the Department of Energy through October

By: - September 15, 2021 12:12 pm
State House dome

The amended bill must still go before the full House when the Legislature returns in January. (Dave Cummings | New Hampshire Bulletin)

Without a nomination for a commissioner during Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the newly formed Department of Energy is still lacking permanent leadership. Instead, Gov. Chris Sununu nominated Interim Commissioner Jared Chicoine, previously director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, for a second term that will last through the end of October.

The five-member Executive Council unanimously confirmed Chicoine’s nomination.

Chicoine began serving as interim commissioner when the new department launched in July. That appointment expired at the end of August.

Sununu acknowledged the situation was “a little bit unique” and said the search for a permanent department head is underway.

“We are interviewing folks,” he said.  

In previous interviews with the Bulletin, the consumer advocate and lobbyists have said filling the top role of the new department is likely to be a challenging task, with few qualified candidates willing to step into the role. 

The Executive Council also confirmed, without discussion, the nomination of Joshua Elliott of Goffstown for division director of policy and programs at the Department of Energy. Elliott previously served as the N.H. Senate deputy chief of staff.

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Amanda Gokee
Amanda Gokee

Amanda Gokee is the New Hampshire Bulletin’s energy and environment reporter. She previously reported on these issues at VTDigger. Amanda grew up in Vermont and is a graduate of Harvard University. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies, with a concentration in creative writing, from Dartmouth College. Her work has also appeared in the LA Review of Books and the Valley News.