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Jan 20, 2016 6:49 PM

Council deciding if NH's acting health commissioner should remain

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire's Executive Council is deciding whether the acting commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services should keep the position for a full, four-year term.

The Council held a public hearing on Wednesday to discuss the possibility.

Jeffrey Meyers, a longtime government lawyer, has been serving as acting commissioner since Jan. 8, the last day for Commissioner Nick Toumpas, who resigned.

Meyers, of Concord, has been the department's director of intergovernmental affairs. He also has been a lobbyist for the Granite Healthcare Network, chief legal counsel to Gov. John Lynch and counsel for the state.

The next step is to confirm Meyers. His temporary appointment is valid through Feb. 1.

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