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Hassan to nominate Jeff Rose of BAE Systems as new DRED commissioner

Gov. Maggie Hassan plans to nominate Jeff Rose, director of public affairs at BAE Systems, as the new commissioner of the state Department of Resources and Economic Development.

Rose, a congressional aide to several New Hampshire Republicans before going to work at BAE in 2004, will be formally nominated for the job tomorrow, Hassan’s office announced yesterday. The nomination requires confirmation by the Executive Council.

“New Hampshire is well-positioned to be a leader in an innovation economy, and Jeffrey Rose has the public and private sector experience necessary to help move those efforts forward,” said Hassan, a Democrat, in a statement.

DRED, Rose said in a statement, “serves as the face of our state to the business community. With our high quality of life, strong workforce, beautiful natural resources, tax-friendly environment and commitment to providing support businesses need, New Hampshire has great potential for business and job growth.

“I am honored that Gov. Hassan has offered me the opportunity to support her efforts to encourage innovation and create jobs.”

Rose is a Goffstown resident who served as special assistant to U.S. Rep. John E. Sununu, projects director for U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and state director for U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley, all Republicans.

Since 2004, Rose has held several public affairs and government relations jobs at BAE, a defense contractor and one of the state’s largest private employers. He’s also on the board of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce.

In December, the newly elected Hassan appointed him to one of her gubernatorial transition teams, a task force dealing with education and the workforce.

Phil Bryce, a Deering resident and director of DRED’s Division of Parks and Recreation, was nominated by outgoing governor John Lynch in October as the department’s interim commissioner.

George Bald of Somersworth, who served two stints as DRED’s commissioner, retired Nov. 1 to join the private sector.

On Friday, he was announced as the interim executive director of the embattled Local Government Center.

If confirmed by the five-member council, Rose would serve out Bald’s unexpired term, until April 1, 2014.

The commissioner’s salary is set by statute in the range of $84,921 to $112,861 a year, according to
Hassan spokesman Marc Goldberg.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or
bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

Legacy Comments1

Both at BAE and as a board member of the Nashua Chamber, Mr. Rose has taken public advocacy positions for Northern Pass. This would disqualify him as a future DRED commissioner from participating in any decision concerning Northern Pass that might come before the Site Evaluation Committee, if one ever does. That project could not come before the SEC without all necessary ownership of land or land rights and Rose's term at DRED would only be for 14 months, but his prior known bias concerning Northern Pass remains a serious impediment to his candidacy.

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