Published DateNORTHFIELD — Pat Clark of Tilton and Paul Auger of Northfield, the two members of the Tilton-Northfield Fire District Commission remaining after the resignation of Tom Gallant, last evening selected Les Dolecal of Tilton from among four candidates — all women — to serve the balance of Gallant's term until the annual district meeting in March 2015.
A native of Chicago raised in upstate New York, Dolecal served as a deputy sheriff in Rochester for 12 years before moving to Oregon in 1988 where she became the inspector general of the Department of Corrections. In 2002 she came to New Hampshire as Assistant Commissioner of Corrections. Currently she is the assistant superintendent of the Merrimack County Department of Corrections.
A resident of Tilton, Dolecal served on the committees that recommended candidates for the positions of town administrator and police chief and also was a member of the panel screened candidates for police chief in Northfield.
Dolecal said that she was asked to apply for the seat on the commission, which she considers a "short-term" position. "My feeling is not to run for the position when it is on the ballot," she said. "Sometime ago I decided not to run for elective office and I'm not anxious to change that."
Alluding to the tensions that have divided the commission, which ultimately prompted Gallant to publicly air his differences with Clark in his letter of resignation, Dolecal said she aimed "to help bring stability to the commission by putting some of the obstacles behind us and lay the groundwork for continued success."
Jane Alden and Judy Tilton, both od Tilton, and Gretchen Wilder of Northfield were the other candidates.
Both Auger and Clark commented on the strength of the field, saying they were impressed by all the candidates.