For Immediate Release
Juuly 9, 2013
CONCORD - To ensure the safety of New Hampshire's people and communities, Governor Maggie Hassan announced today that she and Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes will jointly nominate Perry Plummer, Acting Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM), to a full term as HSEM director. Plummer has been serving as acting HSEM director since January 3 of this year.
"Ensuring the safety of our people and communities is the most important role of state government," Governor Hassan said. "In responding to recent flash flooding in communities throughout New Hampshire, as well as to one of the most significant snow storms in years, Director Plummer has demonstrated a clear ability to act quickly and effectively to help our communities through any emergency and to position the state for federal relief. As we continue to help those affected by floods through this difficult time, his service is needed now more than ever. I look forward to continue working with Director Plummer and Commissioner Barthelmes to keep New Hampshire one of the safest states in the nation."
"Perry Plummer is well respected by the entire public safety community and has been widely recognized for his leadership, his years of service and his ability to effectively respond to the needs of New Hampshire's communities," Commissioner Barthelmes said.
"It has been an honor to work under the steady leadership of Governor Hassan and Commissioner Barthelmes to respond to emergencies and keep our communities strong and safe, and I thank them both for this important responsibility," Plummer said.
Plummer previously served as Director of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services from May, 2011, until January, 2013, overseeing the Fire Academy in Concord, fire training curriculum and certification, and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. He entered public service in 1986 as a firefighter for the City of Dover, where he quickly progressed through the department, serving as a Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, and Chief of the Dover Fire Department.
Plummer's nomination is subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. Governor Hassan will formally nominate Plummer to the Council at Wednesday's meeting in Peterborough. Under legislation (HB 124) signed by Governor Hassan today, Plummer would serve a term of three years once confirmed by the Executive Council.