12-01 Municipal Advocate Award

Milford’s Town Administrator Mark A. Bender received the Russ Marcoux Municipal Advocate of the Year Award at the meeting. NHMA Government Affairs Counsel Cordell A. Johnston is pictured here with Bender, and NHMA Executive Director Judy A. Silva. (Courtesy photo)

MANCHESTER — Selectman Jeanie Forrester of Meredith, Selectman Neil Irvine of New Hampton, and Laura Buono, town administrator of Hillsborough, were elected to the board of directors of the New Hampshire Municipal Association at its annual meeting.

Seven incumbent board members were re-elected to the board: Selectman Brent Lemire of Litchfield, Councilor Chris Dwyer of Portsmouth, Alderman Christopher Herbert of Manchester, Lebanon City Manager Shaun Mulholland, Sunapee Town Manager Donna Nashawaty, Bow Town Manager David Stack, and Columbia Selectman Eric Stohl. 

Outgoing board members were Concord Councilor Candace Bouchard and Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley. 

Returning board members include Holderness Selectman Shelagh Connelly, Franklin City Clerk and Tax Collector Katie Gargano, and Laconia City Manager Scott Myers, as well as Lincoln Town Manager Butch Burbank, Derry Town Administrator David Caron, Goffstown Planning Board member Phil D’Avanza, Londonderry Assistant Town Manager Lisa Drabik, Newmarket Town Administrator Steve Fournier, Keene City Manager and Human Resources Director Elizabeth Fox, Auburn Town Administrator Bill Herman, Albany Selectman Rick Hiland, Pehlam Selectman Hal Lynde, North Hampton Selectman Jim Maggiore, Barrington Town Administrator John Scruton, and New Durham Selectman Swens Swenson. 

Those serving on the board of directors are drawn from elected and appointed local officials in New Hampshire Municipal Association member municipalities. Board members oversee all NHMA programs and services to members, including legislative advocacy, legal and financial advisory services, training, and publications.

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