Sununu names pick to lead Department of Corrections

  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu is seen at a news conference in front of the statehouse after winning his party's nomination Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Jim Cole

Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu has nominated Helen Hanks to be the next Commissioner of the Department of Corrections – two weeks before Commissioner William Wrenn is set to leave the post, according to a news release.

The nomination, announced Tuesday evening, will go before the Executive Council on Wednesday, according to the governor.

If approved by the council, Hanks, the present Assistant Commissioner, will assume the role Nov. 9.

The commissioner, who reports to the governor, oversees a $251 million two-year budget, as well as day-to-day operations at the state’s three prisons, probation offices and transitional housing units.

A spokesman for the governor declined to provide a statement on the decision. Hanks was not immediately available to comment.

First appointed in 2005, Wrenn has served three four-year terms as corrections commissioner. In August, he said he would not be seeking a fourth term.

Wrenn, who served in the Hampton Police Department for 31 years, has denied multiple interview requests from the Monitor about his decision.