Governor Names Rich McLeod of Franconia To Serve as Interim North Country Representative

From The Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today named Rich McLeod of Franconia to serve as his interim North Country staff person. McLeod will start work today.

" At this critical time for the North Country, with the announced closure of the Berlin pulp mill and the recent closure of Groveton Paperboard, the position of Governor ' s North Country representative is even more important. I want to make sure someone representing my office is on the ground in the North Country, ensuring that the state is doing everything possible to assist workers and North Country officials, " Gov. Lynch said.

" I am pleased that Rich McLeod has agreed to serve in this position on an interim basis. Rich has extensive experience in state government, deep connections to the North Country, and an understanding of the issues facing the region, " Gov. Lynch said.

McLeod is the retired director of state parks.

Gov. Lynch accepted applications for the North Country staff position through yesterday, Wednesday, March 8th. He plans to soon begin interviewing candidates to serve as the permanent North Country staff person.