Council approves Sununu’s picks to lead Administrative Services, DCYF

Monitor staff
Thursday, May 18, 2017

The New Hampshire Executive Council confirmed Gov. Chris Sununu’s picks to lead the Department of Administrative Services and the state’s Division for Children, Youth and Families on Wednesday.

In a 4-1 vote, the council approved Charlie Arlinghaus to lead the Department of Administrative Services. Arlinghaus is president of the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, a conservative think tank. He also served as Sununu’s budget director earlier this year.

At his public hearing last week, Arlinghaus told commissioners he would resign from the Bartlett Center; he previously took a leave of absence while serving as budget director.

He will replace former commissioner Vicki Quiram, who left to take a job in California and be closer to her family.

As head of Administrative Services, Arlinghaus will oversee critical projects, including the state’s transition away from Concord Steam, completing a new women’s prison and managing the state’s retiree health plan.

Democratic Councilor Andru Volinsky of Concord was the only member to vote against confirming Arlinghaus.

The council unanimously confirmed Christine Tappan as a senior division director at DCYF. She has prior experience working as a child welfare specialist at the agency, as well as heading up the agency’s training and quality improvement efforts.

Tappan is slated to eventually transition into a role as associate commissioner for the Department of Health and Human Services, where she would oversee child protection, juvenile justice and the state’s youth detention center. However, that move is contingent on the passage of House Bill 400, which would reclassify her position.

If that bill is signed into law, DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers has said Tappan would assume the upper management role.

(Ella Nilsen can be reached at 369-3322, enilsen@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @ella_nilsen.)