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Nov 13, 2014 2:12 PM

Kevin Landrigan: NH Senate staff shakeup now that the voters have spoken


CONCORD - Facing a re-elected governor and Republicans now in control of the House of Representatives, Senate President Chuck Morse confirmed a staff shakeup at the top today.

Chief of Staff Jay Flanders has resigned after having served in that role under two Senate bosses.

When Morse became the Senate's top leader, he inherited Flanders from then-President Peter Bragdon who had stepped aside because he took a lucrative job running a quasi-public insurance management service for cities and towns.

At the time, Morse said he would make no personnel changes at that time.

But now that Morse has a full, two-year term ahead, he moved to promote Kristy Merrill as Flanders' replacement.

Merrill has served at Morse's side for nearly a decade including a stint as his staff confidante while Morse had helped write three state budgets.

"I am pleased that Kristy Merrill has agreed to become our Chief of Staff. She is trusted and widely respected, not only in the Senate, but also within the entire State House,'' Merrill said.

"Her many years of experience have her well positioned to take on this important leadership role. I am confident she will serve the Senate well and I look forward to getting to work with her on the upcoming session."


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