(1) For local gov’t I interviewed Sheriff Richardi, the High Sheriff for Carroll County. He was really pleasant and easy to interview. Even though his office is in Ossipee, he offered to come to Fryeburg (he lives in Conway) so that I could interview him at my office. Excellent public service.
Background: The position is elected, every two year. This is his first term, 2012-2014. He is originally from Mass. He moved to NH in 1989 and became a sheriff’s deputy in 1993. There are 13 full-time deputies on staff, as well as 11 full-time dispatch; 2 admin. assistants; 8 part-time staff; and 9 bailiffs (these are technically part-time positions).
Summary of duties: His position is largely administrative, he works on the budget. The position of High Sheriff does not require the position holder to be an active duty officer, but Sheriff Richardi is. High Sheriffs are specifically mentioned in the NH Constitution, giving each county sheriff jurisdiction over the entire county. The legislature later increased their power to cover the entire state. They are primarily responsive for civil process, court security, and transportation of prisoners. However, they are fully authorized law-enforcement officers. (So a Carroll Co. Sheriff could pull you over in Concord).
Special challenges of being in local gov’t in North Country: He operates on a smaller budget then is ideal for the county, about 2.4 million dollars. The county is challenging geographically because it is large and mountainous, meaning that radio contact is sometimes limited.
Leadership style and thoughts on effective leaders: In his opinion, the most effective traits of a good leader are honesty and integrity because if there is no trust there can be no respect and therefore no effective leadership. His motto (of sorts) is: be true to yourself, that’s how you got to the position you are. Personal leadership style: he tries to be hand-off and let his deputies take care of their own work, however he does take a more active role if necessary.
(2) For the upcoming Arts, Culture, and Environment, I interviewed Rob Burbank with the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Background: He is the director of media and public affairs at AMC. He has been in NH for 30 years, originally from Mass. He works as part of a larger team in communications. The duties include contacting the media about initiatives of AMC; being contacted by media about info; social media content; and contributing to editing of the AMC magazine. He serves on the Board of NH Travel Council, which is a hospitality industry organization that primarily works to develop the governor’s annual conference of tourism.
About AMC: http://www.outdoors.org/. AMC is the oldest recreation and conservation organization in US (started in 1876). AMC does not oversee the entire Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail Conservancy out of WV does that.
Current issues: (more info at http://www.outdoors.org/conservation/hotissues/index.cfm)
(a) AMC Still Opposes Northern Pass Project in New Hampshire
AMC is concerned about a proposal to construct a 186-mile-long power line through New Hampshire that would negatively impact the White Mountain National Forest and Appalachian Trail. In late June 2013, after two years of delay, Northern Pass finally announced its preferred route for the northernmost 74 miles of the transmission line corridor. While Northern Pass has tried to promote this as a “new” and “better” route in a massive media campaign across New Hampshire, in fact, it is neither.
(b) AMC Urges Congress to Invest in New England’s Forests
AMC is among 85 organizations across the region urging lawmakers to help meet New England’s economic challenges by investing in the region’s forests, and have outlined seven critical federal funding opportunities to conserve this vital resource and the green infrastructure it provides.
(c) Concerns over Mining Law Changes in Maine
AMC is concerned about proposed changes to mining regulations in Maine, recently drafted by the Maine Board of Environmental Protections (BEP). If adopted, the weak rules would further increase the risk of pollution from mining operations and would loosen the upfront financial responsibility requirements for mining companies. Despite overwhelming public input demanding strong and protective mining rules, the BEP has continued to include loopholes that would undermine environmental protections. These mining rules will have statewide implications and will impact the overall vitality of Maine’s natural resources and recreation-based economy. The BEP will vote on the proposed mining rules in January, and we need you to speak up in support of changes that would strengthen these regulations.
Thoughts on leadership: He really likes working as part of a large team. He thinks that this type of collaborative work is key in providing multifaceted input, resulting optimal solutions.