NH DHHS Announces Resignation of Juvenile Justice Director

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas today announced the resignation of Division of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS) Director William Fenniman. Director Fenniman oversees the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC) in Manchester and juvenile probation and parole services across New Hampshire.

“The most important aspect of our juvenile justice system is the youth that have been entrusted to our care, and I do not want anything to detract from that,” said Director Fenniman. “I have decided it is time to leave my position, so that the focus can remain on rehabilitating some of our State’s most troubled youth. It has been my honor to have served the youth and families in New Hampshire, and it has been a distinct pleasure to serve under the leadership of Commissioner Toumpas and Deputy Commissioner Mary Ann Cooney. I know the accomplishments we have made will have a lasting and significant impact on the lives of the children and families of our State.”

“It is with deepest regret that I accept Director Fenniman’s resignation,” said Commissioner Toumpas. “Since joining the Division in 2007 he has shown great leadership in effecting positive change in our Juvenile Justice System and at SYSC. I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all he has done on behalf of New Hampshire’s youth.”

Commissioner Toumpas has asked Director Fenniman to stay in his position until an interim Director is named which is expected to be in early February.