New Hampshire Municipal Association
New Hampshire Municipal Association

Our Mission

The New Hampshire Municipal Association is a non-profit, non-partisan association working to strengthen New Hampshire cities and towns and their ability to serve the public as a member-funded, member-governed and member-driven association since 1941. We serve as a resource for information, education and legal service. NHMA is a strong, clear voice advocating for New Hampshire municipal interests.

Our History

The New Hampshire Municipal Association, Inc. (NHMA) is a nonprofit, non-partisan membership organization of municipalities. Founded in 1941 for the purpose of exchanging information to facilitate more efficient and effective local government, NHMA was reorganized in July 2003 under the umbrella of the New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC). At that time all services provided to municipalities by NHMA were assumed by LGC except legislative advocacy, which remained in NHMA LLC, a separate subsidiary of LGC. In the fall of 2012 all “traditional municipal league services” including legislative advocacy, legal advisory services, training programs, and educational publications, were consolidated under NHMA with oversight by the NHMA Board of Directors. Currently, NHMA, Inc. operates as a totally separate, independent organization from the former LGC risk pools (HealthTrust, Inc. and Property Liability Trust, Inc.) with a board comprising only elected and appointed municipal officials elected by NHMA members.

NHMA Membership

New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) membership is open to the cities and towns of New Hampshire. Membership entitles a municipality to participate in the development and adoption of NHMA legislative policy, and to receive the full range of services offered by NHMA, including:

  • Legal advisory services and access to the Legal Services hotline. NHMA attorneys are available to answer inquiries and provide general legal assistance to elected and appointed officials from member municipalities by email and telephone.
  • Legislative advocacy activities, carrying out the member-adopted legislative policy positions.
  • Legislative Bulletin, published weekly during each legislative session along with a final end-of-session summary of all legislative enactments affecting member municipalities.
  • Town & City magazine, published six times each year, with articles on issues of interest to municipal members.
  • NewsLink, a bi-weekly electronic newsletter providing notice of current events and topics of concern to NHMA members.
  • Website access to resources such as court updates which summarize recent court decisions affecting municipalities; legal briefs; classified ads; current and archived editions of Town & City, Legislative Bulletins, and NewsLink; and financial information regarding audit procurement and financial policies.
  • Attendance at NHMA-sponsored workshops, including Local Officials workshops, Budget and Finance workshops, Moderators workshop, Local Welfare workshop, Municipal Law Lecture Series, biennial City Officials workshop, Right-To-Know regional workshops, and NHMA “On-Demand” presentations. (Fee charged for some workshops.)
  • Access to monthly NHMA webinars on seasonally-appropriate subjects.
  • Access to the NHMA Annual Conference, the largest yearly gathering of municipal officials and staff from across the state, featuring over 30 training sessions and more than 100 vendors.
  • Complimentary copy of NHMA signature publications including Knowing the Territory, Town Meeting/School Meeting Handbook, City Officials Handbook, and Directory of Municipal Officials. Additional copies (hard copy or electronic copy) available for sale at member discounted prices.
  • Complimentary copies of electronic publications including Basic Law of Budgeting, The Art of Welfare Administration, Model Welfare Guidelines, Wage and Salary Survey (updated biennially), and the Annual Court Update. Additional electronic copies available for sale at member discounted prices.

Visit our Advocacy page for information on our legislative advocacy activities. Visit our Services page for workshops, webinars, on-demand training opportunities and annual conference information. Visit our Resources page to see the Calendar of Events, available publications, Town & City, and classified ads. 

Associate Members

Associate memberships are open to any utility district, county, village district, regional planning commission or quasi-municipal public agency serving New Hampshire municipalities. NHMA's Associate Membership gives you access to valuable information and trainings, as well as the following services:

  • One copy of all publications distributed. Additional copies can be purchased at member price.
  • Attendance at workshops, seminars and training programs.
  • One subscription to New Hampshire Town & City.
  • Only those organized under RSA 52 can access legal advisory services (counties and school districts are not eligible). Legal inquiries can not involve any matter in dispute with a NHMA member municipality in which it is located.

Associate Membership does not allow a vote in NHMA matters nor any vote in legislative policy development and, while NHMA reports bills relating to districts in its Legislative Bulletin, does not include representation before the legislature.

Affiliate Groups

Affiliate Groups are professional associations, comprised primarily of municipal officials serving in a particular position, such as city and town clerks, assessors, health officers, town and city managers, road agents, etc. NHMA works with many Affiliate Groups on legislative issues and many groups participate in NHMA’s legislative policy setting process. Affiliate Groups may use the facilities at NHMA’s offices at 25 Triangle Park Drive in Concord for meetings and training sessions. Affiliate Groups are also invited to present educational sessions for their members at NHMA’s Annual Conference in November, and some even conduct their own annual meetings at that time.

NHMA Dues

Municipal membership dues are based upon municipal population and equalized valuation. In addition to municipal membership, NHMA offers associate membership to eligible local government entities including, village districts, utility districts, regional planning commissions or quasi-municipal public agencies serving municipalities, subject to the approval of and any terms as the NHMA Board of Directors may establish.

Membership inquiries should be directed to NHMA staff.

Governance

The New Hampshire Municipal Association Board of Directors is comprised of local officials elected by NHMA member municipalities. The NHMA Bylaws outline the rules and regulations which govern the New Hampshire Municipal Association and its Board of Directors.  A copy of NHMA’s most recent audited  financial report is available here.

NHMA Board of Directors

Chair

Brent Lemire

Selectman, Litchfield

Vice-Chair

Donna Nashawaty

Town Manager, Sunapee

Treasurer

Shaun Mulholland

Administrator, Allenstown

Secretary

Candace Bouchard

Councilor, Concord

Immediate Past Chair

Scott Myers

City Manager, Laconia

  • Butch Burbank, Town Manager, Lincoln
  • Ben Bynum, Clerk/Tax Collector, Canterbury
  • David Caron, Town Administrator, Derry
  • Shelagh Connelly, Selectman, Holderness
  • Philip A. D'Avanza, Planning Board Member, Goffstown
  • Elizabeth Dragon, City Manager, Franklin
  • M. Chris Dwyer, Councilor, Portsmouth
  • Stephen Fournier, Town Administrator, Newmarket
  • Elizabeth Fox, Asst. City Mgr./HR Director, Keene
  • Bill Herman, Town Administrator, Auburn
  • Priscilla Hodgkins, Clerk/Tax Collector, New Castle
  • Patrick Long, Alderman, Manchester
  • Harold Lynde, Selectman, Pelham
  • Jim Maggiore, Selectman, North Hampton
  • Caroline McCarley, Mayor, Rochester
  • Nancy Rollins, Selectman, New London
  • John Scruton, Town Administrator, Barrington
  • David Stack, Town Manager, Bow
  • Eric Stohl, Selectman, Columbia

Meeting Notices

The NHMA Meeting Notices lists dates, times, and locations of upcoming NHMA Board of Directors meetings and subcommittee meetings. All meeting are held in compliance with RSA 91-A, New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know law.

NHMA Board of Directors - Executive/Nominating Committee

Date: 10/19/2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive

If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please contact at (603) 224-7447, or via e-mail at NHMAinfo@nhmunicipal.org.


Meet the NHMA Staff

Judy A. Silva Executive Director

Judy A. Silva oversees all activities of the New Hampshire Municipal Association. Judy has worked for NHMA since 1992, answering legal questions, advocating municipal interests before the state legislature, and providing training to municipal officials. Before joining NHMA, Judy was a court-appointed criminal defense attorney with the NH Public Defender Office for eight years, and practiced (briefly) at two private law firms. Judy received her B.S. degree from UNH and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now UNH School of Law).

Cordell A. Johnston Government Affairs Counsel

Cordell Johnston advocates for municipalities before the New Hampshire legislature and state agencies. Before joining NHMA in 2004, he was a member of the Concord law firm of Orr & Reno for nineteen years. He is also a former selectman and former member and chairman of the planning board in the Town of Henniker. Cordell received his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Barbara T. Reid Government Finance Advisor

Barbara Reid focuses on municipal financial operations and provides financial analysis of legislative changes on local governments. Before joining NHMA in 2005, Barbara was with the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration for eighteen years, serving most of that time as the Assistant Commissioner. Barbara is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a B.A. degree from Mt. St. Mary College, an M.B.A. degree from New Hampshire College, and a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination from Southern NH University.

Stephen C. Buckley Legal Services Counsel

Stephen Buckley directs NHMA's legal services program, with responsibility for providing legal advice to members and overseeing training programs and educational publications for municipal officials. He practiced law from 1984 to 2014 with the firm Hage Hodes, P.A., concentrating in representing municipalities. In his hometown of Bow, Steve was a member of the planning board for 12 years and served as a member of the budget committee. He is a past chairman and current member of the executive committee of the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission, and he is currently vice chairman of the New Hampshire Association of Regional Planning Commissions. Steve received his B.A. from San Diego State University and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Margaret M.L. Byrnes Staff Attorney

Margaret M.L. Byrnes provides legal advice to NHMA members, speaks at NHMA workshops and other training programs, and writes for NHMA's many publications. Before joining NHMA in September 2014, Margaret was an associate attorney with the firm Hage Hodes, P.A., where she worked on a variety of cases, including many municipal law matters, such as property taxes, water rights, and condominium law. She also has taught legal writing at the Massachusetts School of Law since 2012 and at Northeastern University School of Law since 2013. Margaret earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature and Classical Languages from Smith College in 2008 and her J.D. from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2011, summa cum laude.

Judith Pellowe Business Administrator

Judith Pellowe manages the finance and human resources for the Association and its employees, and assists the Executive Director in managing the administrative functions. Before joining NHMA, Judith was the business office manager for a medical practice on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Judith received her B.A. from Wells College, and a degree in accounting from McIntosh College. Judith is also certified in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute. 

Timothy W. Fortier Communications and Member Services Coordinator

Tim Fortier serves as editor of Town and City Magazine and NewsLink, and coordinates publications, and advertising. Tim is also responsible for developing and implementing advocacy strategies and outreach activities on a variety of legislative issues. Prior to joining NHMA in 2011, Tim served as government relations advisor with the McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton law firm, vice president with the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire, and lobbyist and executive vice president of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association. Tim holds a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.

Judy Pearson Member Relations Coordinator

Judy Pearson manages the NHMA website, maintains the membership data base, and responds to member inquiries and requests for services and publications. Judy is the most recent addition to the NHMA team, transferring from Property Liability Trust where she served in various positions over six years. Prior to that, Judy worked for Fidelity Investments. Judy holds a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.

Ashley Methot Conference and Workshop Coordinator

Ashley Methot assumed the position of Conference and Workshop Coordinator with NHMA in April, 2014. Ashley has held other positions such as Benefits and Wellness Associate and Event Planning Associate during her 9 year career with HealthTrust, Inc. Ashley is the "behind the scenes" coordinator for various events such as the Budget & Finance Workshops, Municipal Law Lecture Series and the NHMA Annual Conference in November. Ashley holds a B.A. degree in Sociology from Keene State College.

Pam Valley Administrative Assistant

Pam Valley is often the first voice you hear when calling NHMA. Pam is the “behind the scenes” coordinator for dozens of activities, such as NHMA board meetings and publication of theLegislative Bulletin. Before joining NHMA in 1996, Pam worked for a private law firm in Concord, New Hampshire.

Partners

The New Hampshire Municipal Association is pleased to partner with others who offer benefits and discounts on program and services to our members. Endorsements are approved by the NHMA board of directors based upon a comprehensive review of the program and/or service. To see a current list of programs and services endorsed by the New Hampshire Municipal Association, click the button below:

View Our Partners

Directions to the NHMA

25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Map this address on Google Maps.

From the North or South from I-93

  1. Take exit 15E; travel approximately 3.5 miles to exit 3 (Route 106).
  2. Turn right (south) at the light at the end of the exit ramp and follow Route 106 through the next light.
  3. Continue approximately 1.5 miles, passing the Steeplegate Mall.
  4. Take a right onto D'Amante Drive and then a left onto Triangle Park Drive.
  5. The New Hampshire Municipal Association is located directly behind Home Depot and across the street from the Target department store.

From I-89

  1. Take I-89 to I-93 North and follow the directions above.

From Route 106 North

  1. Look for the traffic light that intersects with Pembroke Road.
  2. Triangle Park Drive is the next left (at Bayberry Commons).
  3. Follow to the last building on the left (immediately behind Home Depot).

From Route 106 South

  1. Look for the Steeplegate Mall.
  2. Take a right on D'Amante Drive (second entrance to the mall) and then a left onto Triangle Park Drive.
  3. The New Hampshire Municipal Association is located directly behind Home Depot and across the street from the Target department store.

From Routes 4/202 East

  1. Near Super Shoes take I-393/Routes 4/202 on-ramp.
  2. Take exit 3 and turn left at the top of the exit ramp, onto Route 106.
  3. Follow directions for Route 106 South.

Contact Us

By Phone:

  • Main Phone: 603.224.7447
  • Toll-Free (Members Only): 800.852.3358

By Email: