By PAULA TRACY, InDepthNH.org
HAMPTON – Mark B. Hall of Dunbarton has been nominated by Gov. Chris Sununu to be the director of the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of State Police.
If confirmed, he will fill the unexpired term of outgoing Col. Nathan A. Noyes through March, 2026.
“Mark is qualified for this position by reason of his education and experience serving in many different ranks and assignments in the Division of State Police as his accomplishments in the Division of State Police, as well as his accomplishments during his current term as Major of the Operations Bureau,” wrote Robert L. Quinn, Commissioner of Safety.
Due to his extensive experience, Quinn has recommended Hall be compensated at a level which would allow him to annually receive $127,042.
Hall is a graduate of NH Police Standards and Training in 1999, Champlain College in 1993 and Vermont Police Academy in 1994 and has taken courses to advance his education at the University of Virginia in 2022.
He began as a patrol officer in Milton, Vt. and was a Vermont State Trooper until 2012 and became a sergeant in NH State Police Troop B beginning that year.
He rose steadily in the ranks as sergeant and Canine Unit Commander and Special Enforcement Unit Commander the lieutenant, then captain in May 2021 to his current position as major where he is responsible for oversight of the Operations Bureau, which encompasses approximately 83 percent of the Division of State Police.
Hall has oversight of all uniform personnel within the seven troop areas of special services, marine patrol, state office complex police force, recruitment and training units, state house security and the police and compliance unit.
The council met at the Hampton Beach Seashell Conference Center.
Ruth Griffin of Portsmouth, who began public service in 1970 and from 1987 to 2007 was Executive Councilor, led the pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Griffin just celebrated her 98th birthday.