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Hassan taps John Beardmore, ex-Lynch budget director, for N.H. tax-agency commissioner

John Beardmore, who was former governor John Lynch’s budget director, has been tapped by Lynch’s successor as the new commissioner of New Hampshire’s Department of Revenue Administration.

“John Beardmore’s deep understanding of New Hampshire state government, as well as his demonstrated integrity and track record of effectively bringing together all branches of government to solve our fiscal challenges, make him an ideal candidate for DRA commissioner,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan in a statement yesterday announcing Beardmore’s nomination.

Hassan, a Democrat, wants to keep two other state department heads on the job awhile longer. She’s nominating Roger Sevigny for another five-year term as commissioner of the New Hampshire Insurance Department and Peter Hastings, acting commissioner of the Department of Information Technology, to lead that department on a permanent basis.

All three nominations require confirmation by the Executive Council. Hassan’s office said she’ll submit the nominations to the council today.

Beardmore, a Hopkinton resident, is the director of administration at the Department of Safety. He used to work in the Legislature’s office of the legislative budget assistant and was Lynch’s budget director from 2010 to 2012.

He’s also a trustee of the New Hampshire Retirement System, the state’s public employee pension system.

If confirmed by the council, Beardmore will serve a four-year term as head of the tax collection agency. He succeeds Kevin Clougherty, whose term ended last fall.

Clougherty stayed on the job until the end of February, when Assistant Commissioner Margaret Fulton took over as the DRA’s acting commissioner, said Hassan spokesman Marc Goldberg.

“I understand the importance of an effective and transparent Department of Revenue Administration that has the full confidence of taxpayers, and I am honored that Gov. Hassan has entrusted me with the responsibility of leading this critical state agency,” Beardmore said in a statement.

Sevigny, a Manchester resident, has been in charge of the Insurance Department since 2003. His current term ends June 9.

“Commissioner Sevigny’s continued service will be invaluable as we work to leverage the tools provided by the federal Affordable Care Act to expand health coverage to more families while strengthening our economy and improving the quality of insurance products,” Hassan said.

Hastings, who lives in Derry, has been acting IT commissioner since last October. If confirmed, he’ll serve a four-year term.

“Peter Hastings brings decades of experience to his leadership of DoIT that will help us increase efficiency and innovation in state government in order to better serve people and businesses throughout New Hampshire,” Hassan said.

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

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