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County commissioners hire nursing home administrator

COMMISSIONER ASHA KENNEY started up her computer tablet during the public comment portion of the Oct. 17 commissioner’s meeting, with its sing-song start-up music distracting her fellow commissioners’ attention. (Image from video of meeting available at www.governmentoversite.com.) (click for larger version)
October 25, 2012
OSSIPEE — Carroll County Commissioners have voted to hire Howard "Howie" Chandler as the county nursing home's new administrator.

Chandler had been filling in as the interim administrator since Sept. 4 after the previous administrator, Sandi McKenzie, retired. According to a release sent out when Chandler became the home's interim administrator, his first experience with nursing home environments was in 1974 as a social worker and activities director at the Lawrence Nursing Home in Massachusetts. He has now been a licensed New Hampshire Nursing Home Administrator for over 30 years. Currently, Chandler is vice-president of the Meredith Bay Colony Club and principal of White Mountain Elder Care Solutions. Prior to that, he was the executive director of Taylor Community in Laconia for 27 years. He has twice before served as a county interim administrator, both times at Belknap County, and operated his own business, Foggy Bottom Consulting, as a consultant on aging services.

Other Commission happenings

County commission candidate David Babson has been pressing commissioners to consider equipping the meeting room with publicly-accessible wireless internet at a cost of less than $100. Babson said having the connection would be beneficial during meetings so those attending could look up relevant websites, laws, and other information during discussions. At the Oct. 17 meeting, none of the commissioners responded to his inquiry. Just as he was finished speaking, however, Commissioner Asha Kenney's iPad played its start-up music. It is unknown whether or not Kenney was able to access the internet during the meeting as she tapped away on the device.

During his commission campaign, Babson has said the County should be making better use of the nearly 900 acres that belong to the county. On that note, Commissioner David Sorensen asked Babson if he would be willing to serve on the committee charged with building the nature and fitness trail to be built behind the county complex. Babson eagerly agreed.

It's a big file but it has finally made its way online. The public can now view the county budget, line-by-line in its entirety by going to the county government website at www.carrollcountynh.net under the commissioner's office link.

Martin Lord Osman
Town of Brookfield
Town of Brookfield
Varney Smith
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