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Sununu picks Matteson to head Office of Energy and Planning

  • Chris Sununu GEOFF FORESTER



Monitor staff
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has named attorney Myles Matteson to head the Governor’s Office of Energy and Planning, according to a press release. Unlike other appointments, this one doesn’t need Executive Council approval. Matteson was most recently counsel to former U.S. senator Kelly Ayotte.

He comes into the post as Sununu seeks to reshape the office in title and in scope. Sununu proposed renaming it the Governor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives in his budget plan. The Republican also proposed giving the office control of a new governor’s scholarship program.

Traditionally, the Office of Energy and Planning has administered fuel assistance, assisted city and local planning efforts and supported land protection.

“The Office of Energy and Planning is in good hands under Myles’s leadership, and I’m excited to start leveraging his experience so that we can effectively plan and develop New Hampshire’s long-term strategic goals,” Sununu said in a statement.

The $5 million annual scholarship program would be administered by the office and eligible students could get up to $5,000 under Sununu’s budget’s plan. Sununu’s proposed changes to the office need approval from the House and Senate.

Matteson replaces Amanda Merrill, who was named to the job by former governor Maggie Hassan last year.

(Allie Morris can be reached at 369-3307 or amorris@cmonitor.com.)