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Lauer receives Raymond S. Burton award

Grafton County Commissioner and Bath resident Linda Lauer (right) became the 2021 recipient of the Raymond S. Burton Community Service Award during the NH Association of Counties annual conference in early November. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
November 24, 2021
HAVERHILL — Grafton County Commissioner Linda Lauer was honored with the 2021 Raymond S. Burton Community Service Award during the New Hampshire Association of Counties annual conference in early November. Grafton County Administrator Andrew Dorsett nominated her for the accolade.

Lauer first stepped into the role of Commissioner in January 2014, when she filled the vacancy created by the death of Burton. At the time of her appointment, she served as a member of the House of Representatives and was on the Grafton Country Executive Committee.

"Commissioner Lauer had big shoes to fill coming into Ray Burton's seat. She has taken that challenge seriously and is very dedicated to the people that she serves, not only as County Commissioner but in her other roles as well," noted Dorsett.

Lauer has a long history of serving the public and her country, beginning with her military career in the Navy. From the Navy, she transitioned to a 26-year career with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Systems in Orlando, Fla., where she directed multiple aerospace research and development projects and managed the plant's Materials Evaluation Laboratories.

After her retirement, Lauer relocated to Bath and began her long tenure of service to fellow Bath residents, as well as the citizens of Grafton County. Lauer currently serves as the Emergency Management Director for the Town of Bath and the Master of Pine Grove Grange #298. She is also a board member for the New Hampshire Grange Foundation.

"! have personally worked with Linda while she was a member of the Executive Committee and a Commissioner for the past eight years, and I am delighted to support this nomination. Linda Lauer is very deserving of receiving the Commissioner Ray Burton Community Service Award as she exemplifies the same public servant qualities of the late Commissioner Ray Burton. Her involvement in her community and her dedication to public service make her the perfect recipient for this honor," said Dorsett.

The Northern Grafton County Democrats also commended Lauer's years of service. NGCDEM interim co-chairs Sue Ford and Katharine Terrie noted, "Along with congratulating her for the Ray Burton Community Service Award, we owe Linda our support and thanks for all her community service."

Each year, the New Hampshire Association of Counties Awards Committee selects recipients for three awards; the Edna McKenna Public Service Award in Merrimack County, the Roland Roberge Corporate Citizen Award in Strafford County and the Commissioner Ray Burton Community Service Award. The committee includes a representative from each of the state's ten counties, including Grafton County Finance Manager Julie Libby.

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