After 13 years at the helm of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, Commissioner George Bald will retire, effective Nov. 1.
In his letter tendering his resignation, the Commissioner wrote to Gov. John Lynch, “I can’t thank you enough for your support and encouragement over the past six years … The opportunity to work with the DRED Team has been a wonderful experience. They are some of the hardest working people I have ever met.”
Before joining DRED in 1998, Commissioner Bald was with the Pease Development Authority, assisting with the redevelopment of the Pease Air Base.
Elected mayor of Somersworth at the age of 27, Commissioner Bald was, at the time, the youngest mayor in New Hampshire. Six years later, he became the director of economic development in Rochester and later became its city manager.
Commissioner Bald is married to Candace Small and they have one son, Casey Bald.
Happy retirement, Commissioner. You will be missed.
Division of Economic Development
Statement from Gov. Lynch
“George Bald has dedicated his life to public service and has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people ofNew Hampshire. He is one of the most highly respected people in state government and in the state’s business community.
George’s hands-on leadership has helped bring new companies toNew Hampshire, and allowed existing businesses to grow and thrive.
Because of George’s hard work and dedication to the North Country, the mill continues to operate in Gorham and a new wood to energy power plant is being constructed inBerlin. And under George’s guidance,New Hampshire’s State Parks remain jewels enjoyed by our citizens and visitors and our tourism industry continues to be a vibrant part of our economy.
George’s focus on our state’s economic development, as well as his leadership of all of the dedicated employees of DRED, has contributed much to improve and expandNew Hampshire’s economy and its high quality of life.
I want to thank George for his service to the state and to the people. His leadership at DRED will be missed.”