Concord, NH - David Lang, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, today issued this statement regarding the recent leadership changes at the Local Government Center and urges a real institutional change to follow.
Late in the day on Friday the LGC/NHMA announced their Board had changed leadership through the replacement of their current Executive Director with George Bald former DRED Commissioner. Media accounts over the weekend reported key LGC Board as saying the reason for the change was to foster a better relationship with the state's regulators, as opposed to fostering institutional change within their organization.
"We believe a change such as this was necessary and a step in the right direction, however gauging the comments of key LGC Board members, leads us to believe this to be more window dressing than honest change,” said David Lang, President. “We call on the members of the Board and the senior management of the LGC/NHMA to be held responsible for the current situation. Real institutional change at all levels of this troubled organization need immediate attention and to be addressed and finalized," Lang continued.
Mr. Lang offered the following comment on the temporary assignment of George Bald. "Mr. Bald has an opportunity to force honest institutional change, and it requires him to demand full transparency, ending the practices of the past, and to follow the decision of the hearing officer and the law," said Lang. “Absent his ability to do that, subjects the taxpayers, retired, and active employees to further misuse and abuse.”
“Should Mr. Bald wish to clean up this mess, then he can count us in to help him. The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire will not rest until the taxpayers, retired, and active public employees are made whole and transparent institutional change has occurred.”
The Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire represent approximately 2,000 active and retired fire fighters and paramedic across New Hampshire from 42 local unions.
The PFFNH, headquartered in Londonderry, NH represents more than 2,000 active and retired fire fighters and paramedics. More information is available at www.pffnh.org