Justice & Administration Building,

259 County Farm Road, Suite 204, Dover, New Hampshire 03820


April 3, 2020

Over the last several days, Governor Chris Sununu and State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan, Department of Health and Human Services, have advised the media/press of clusters of COVID-19 showing up in group living facilities. The Governor and Dr. Chan refused to name the facilities, indicating that it is the individual facility’s obligation to do so.

In Strafford County, we have taken great measures to protect our nursing home residents, detainees/inmates at the House of Corrections, and our employees. These measures include following all Federal and State recommended infection precautions and consist of employee screening prior to entering the work place, the use of masks and other preventative gear (PPE) beyond the basic recommendations, and good hand sanitizing. To date, we have had no cases of COVID-19 for Riverside Rest Home residents or House of Corrections detainees/inmates.

In order to offer full disclosure to the public, and to alleviate the concerns for the unknown from families and staff, we are pledging to immediately release numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of our residents and/or detainees/inmates. The information will not include specific names, but will include general methods of treatment and the status of the resident and/or detainee/inmate.

Please remember to keep all employees who are working hard to keep you and those they serve safe during these challenging times in your thoughts and prayers.

We are in this together and we will get through this together.

                                                       Strafford County Commissioners

                                                          George Maglaras, Chairman

                                                          Robert J. Watson

                                                          Deanna S. Rollo, Clerk





Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Strafford County Courthouse will be closed to the public, with the following exceptions:

  • Individuals who need to do business with Circuit and Superior Court clerk’s offices;

  • Individuals involved in court hearings permitted by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Order dated March 16, 2020; and

  • Individuals with pre-approved business with County or State personnel.

For those entering the Courthouse, a brief survey will be conducted to ensure the health and safety of yourself and personnel.

All essential State and County personnel will be allowed into the building to conduct business. Please be supportive and patient as we work together to fight this pandemic and keep our personnel safe. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

Based on the potential devastating effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), we are taking all steps suggested by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to deter the disease’s progress. Strafford County’s Team has been working diligently and the closure of the Courthouse was determined the best course of action to continue to protect staff from the likely spread of the Corona virus (Covid-19).

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        Raymond F. Bower

                                                                        County Administrator


Strafford County Department of Corrections was awarded the 2013 Governor’s Accessibility Award.  This prestigious award is given out in recognition for leaders in NH communities who adhere to the best practices and/or offer services that are inclusive to individuals living with a disability.


On July 23 2013, representatives from the Strafford County DOC line staff, operations, medical, programs, and Community Corrections Department traveled to the Executive Council Chambers at the NH State House in Concord.  


At 1300, Governor Margaret Hassan presented our Department with this award and the following citation was read:


State of New Hampshire

Margaret Wood Hassan




Be it hereby known that I,

Margaret Wood Hassan,

Governor of the State of New Hampshire, join my fellow

Citizens in extending my personal best wishes and sincerest

Congratulations to


Strafford County Department of Corrections


In recognition of being awarded the 2013 NH Governor’s Accessibility Award in the Public Business category.  The dedication of the Strafford County Department of Corrections staff to creating an inclusive, accessible environment for both your volunteers and your inmates is admirable.  Your efforts to improve accessibility within your facility, programs, and services go beyond the efforts of other public institutions.  Through your case management, education opportunities, and rehabilitative programs, your work helps individuals safely move back into society when they have served their sentences.  On behalf of the citizens of New Hampshire,  I commend you for your hard work and wish you all the best in the future.


                                                                                                                                                                                 Margaret Wood Hassan, Governor

                                                                                                                                                                                                       July 16, 2013

I would like to thank Dr. Candace Cole-McCrea, not only for her nomination for this award,  but also for her continued support in the rehabilitation of our Inmates.  That in itself, means the world to us.  I am proud to have her as part of our team.

Thank you all for the great work  you do every day. You continue to make Strafford County shine.

 Award Photo