The new Osprey nest platform was erected on Feb. 26, 2019 under frigid and blustery conditions. A hardy crew from Eversource subcontractor JCR Construction Company, Inc. of Raymond performed the pole installation. Richard's wife Sue Bickford created a short video of the process that can be viewed at the end of this presentation.
In May, 2019, a pair of Osprey has returned from migration and built a nest on the new platform. They are incubating eggs and hopefully will successfully fledge young this year and many years in the future.
Commissioners George Maglaras, Bob Watson, and Deanna Rollo, thanked all those involved in the efforts to repair and re-install the Osprey nest platform this year for their hard work at ensuring that the Osprey return to Strafford County to nest along the Cocheco River.
The Strafford County Commissioners Wish to Thank:
Richard Bickford, Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon,
Sue Bickford Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon, David Blezard, Troy Chabot, CWP, Hank Chary, Tom Chase, Doug Dawley, Scout Master, Andy Fast, Cooperative Extension, Daniel Hubbard, Ann Kimball,
Maria K. Letourneau, Eversource, Chris Martin Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon,
Matt Moreau, Project Manager, JCR Construction Company, Alan Murray, Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon Robert and Robbie Prieto, Quinn Santos Boy Scout, Al Stewart, Damaris Stoddard,
Sam Stoddard, Seacoast Chapter of NH Audubon, Kyle Wilmarth
WELCOME TO STRAFFORD COUNTY, NH!
Welcome you to the Strafford County website. Whether you are a current, past, or prospective resident, we hope you enjoy your visit to our virtual home.
County Functions and Responsibilities
The County is currently responsible for: Caring for the elderly in need of nursing home care at Riverside Rest Home; operating a regional jail/house of correction, together with a jail industries program, community corrections program, drug and mental health courts, and a transitional housing program; the County Attorney oversees and provides for the prosecution of criminals; operates a domestic violence unit, child advocacy center, and family justice center; the Sheriff oversee and handles the transportation of criminals, delivery of writs and other Court-related paperwork, operates a Communications and Dispatch Center, and oversees Courthouse security; the Register of Deeds is responsible for the recording of official land transfer documents at the Registry; the Treasurer, together with the Commissioners, oversee the payment of all County financial obligations; as well as a variety of other community-related programs to assist the citizens of the County.
County Government’s Structure
The structure of County government today is modeled after a basic three-branch system of government. The three County Commissioners make up the Executive branch, with responsibility for the day‑to‑day operations of County government, in both fiscal and policy matters. In Strafford County, the Commissioners are elected for two-year terms, at large, meaning from anywhere in Strafford County.
By virtue of election to the State House, a Representative also becomes a member of the County Delegation, which in many counties meets several times a year. The Delegation works primarily on matters of budgeting, exercising its responsibility for appropriating money for County use, which makes up the Legislative branch of County government. It is likely that relatively few New Hampshire voters realize that when they elect their Representatives to the State House of Representatives they are also making them the legislative authority of their County.
Current County Events
Strafford County is made up of three cities: Dover, Rochester, and Somersworth; and ten towns: Barrington, Durham, Farmington, Lee, Madbury, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Rollinsford, and Strafford, and is home to approximately 125,000 citizens. There are ten (10) counties in New Hampshire, of which Strafford County is the fourth largest in population. According to the 2010 Census the County's population was estimated at 123,143, with 80% of the population over the age of 18 and a median age of approximately 34. Strafford County's estimated racial/ethnic composition in 2010 was 94% White, 1% Black or African American, 3% Asian, and 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native, with the remainder of the population being made up of small percentages of other races. Individuals of Hispanic or Latino origin comprised almost 2% of the County’s population. There were 46,576 households reported in 2006-2010. The Census also found that the median household income in the County was $57,809.
A Brief History of Strafford County Government
County Government in New Hampshire began in 1771 with five (5) counties: Rockingham, Strafford, Hillsborough, Cheshire, and Grafton. Strafford County was organized at Dover in 1771 and was named after William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford. Today, the County borders on Belknap, Carroll, Merrimack, and Rockingham Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The Court system was once a part of County Government, but is now operated by the State of New Hampshire. Roads, which were also previously the responsibility of the County, are now cared for by the State of New Hampshire or the city or town in which they are located. The State Department of Health and Human Services provides services to assist families and juveniles with behavior problems. These services were also provided by the County at one time.
We hope this little synopsis of County government has enlightened you as to the workings at this level of government in New Hampshire. For further information on individual offices and departments within the County, please go to their web page.
Very truly yours,
Strafford County Commissioners
George Maglaras, Chairman
Robert J. Watson
Robert J. Watson, Vice Chairman
Deanna Rollo, Clerk
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Strafford County Community
Corrections Mental Health Case
Direct clinical supervision by Mental Health Director and administratively supervised by the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.
- Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized college or university with major study in criminal justice, behavioral health, psychology, social services or related field. Appropriate experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
- 1 +years’ experience in corrections, probation/parole, mental health, social welfare, law enforcement or related work.
- Good physical and mental health.
- Ability to work as an individual and also as a team member. Ability to supervise others.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability and willingness to follow orders promptly and accurately.
- Ability to be on call 24/7 for case management emergencies.
- Ability to become a NH certified correctional officer.
- Ability to recognize anti-social behavior and mental health issues and to analyze and identify motivating factors underlying criminal behavior for the purpose of developing corrective action.
- Ability to deal with participants on an unbiased, professional basis.
- Knowledge of mental health and general resources, specifically offered in Strafford and Rockingham County.
The Mental Health Case Manager will be responsible for:
- 1.Following all federal, state and local laws.
- 2.Following departmental Operational Guidelines.
- 3.Maintaining appearance appropriate to assigned duties as determined by the MH Director and Coordinator.
- 4.Performing as a positive role model.
- 5.Ability to complete the administration of Community Corrections Mental Health Assessments and setting up initial Mental Health appointments prior to turning case over to SCCCP Pre-Trial Officers and facilitating IEA’s for Strafford County Department of Corrections.
- 6.Review applicants for Mental Health Court.
- 7.Provide direct oversight and coordinate mental health services for the Mental Health Court participants and Mental Health Post Trial and Pre Trial Community Corrections clients.
- 8.Conduct intake interviews for participant-contract signing with appropriate emphasis on adherence to rules.
- 9.Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
with other law enforcement agencies, court officials, collateral
agencies and the general public.
- 10.Implementing and enforcing court orders, including filing of motions for revocation and arrest of program participants; prosecuting violations in court when appropriate.
- 11.Complete trainings for mental health agencies and jail personnel.
- 12.Facilitate Mental Health Groups at the Department of Corrections.
- 13.Assist with discharge planning for inmate with mental health issues.
- 14.Working effectively with problematic individuals and making independent decisions in the field relative to participant adjustment, to include using disciplinary reports, judge notes and community service as tools to enforce program
- 15.Monitoring and recording data (data entry) on participants in order to analyze progress in compliance with court orders, and to maintain uniform case management documentation.
- 16.Work as a member of the CIT team and Mental Health Council.
- 17.Facilitate meetings with members of the medical and security staff at the DOC to discuss mental health issues within the jail.
- 18.Assist participants/inmates with filling out benefit paperwork.
- 19.Perform random drug tests accurately, providing proper documentation and follow-up.
- 20.Ability to setup and operate the drug testing machine.
- 21.Attend court appearances as appropriate and provide information and/or recommendations regarding participants.
- 22.Performing any and all other duties as
You are being asked the following questions to comply with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA):
Have you ever engaged in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, the threat of force, or coercion? Yes _____ No _____
Have you ever been convicted of domestic violence? Yes _____ No _____
Have you ever been convicted of stalking? Yes _____ No _____
Have you ever been convicted for sex offenses committed in the community?
Yes _____ No _____
Have you ever engaged in any type of sexual misconduct either in the workplace or the community? Yes _____ No _____
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, please explain:
I have read and understand the job description and agree to carry out my assigned duties in an ethical and responsible manner. I understand I will be on probation for a period of six months and that period may be extended at the request of the Community Work Program Supervisor. I have also read the questions pertaining to the Prison Rape Elimination Act and have answered truthfully.
Carrie Lover Conway MSW, Certified Public Manager, Certified Correctional Officer
Strafford County Criminal Justice Programming Coordinator
259 County Farm Road, Suite 103
Dover, NH 03820