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N.H.'s Environmental Services Commissioner to Resign

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After more than a decade on the job, the head of New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services is ready to step down.

Commissioner Tom Burack announced Tuesday that he’ll be leaving New Hampshire DES, but where to - he’s unsure.

He said he’s decided “ten years is the right length of time” and that he’s exploring a number of career options. 

But says he looks back fondly at his time with the state.

“We’ve built a culture of continuous improvement that has enabled us to process permits more quickly well also responding to emergencies and other contamination situations quickly such as the PFOA compounds in drinking water in Southern New Hampshire and elsewhere,” he told NHPR.

Burack will officially step down in the next few months, after which Assistant Commissioner Clark Freise will fill in.

The choice for the next head of Environmental Services will be up to the next Governor as well as approved by the Executive Council.

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