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




July 5, 2018

On Behalf of Sheriff David Dubois,

The Strafford County Sheriff’s Office releases the following information:

The Strafford County Sheriff’s Office was awarded a Granite Shield Grant Award.  The funding cycle for the grant ran between the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018.  Strafford County received approximately $80,000 to fund Granite Shield Investigations this past year.  This was part of a state wide effort to combat the opioid addiction crisis that has gripped Strafford County. The following information is being provided relating to the results of enforcement efforts and the conclusion of this grant.

Arrests: 69

Weapons:  to include an AR-15, Shotgun, Mac-11 , Two 9mm pistol, .40 cal handgun, and a .357 revolver

Types of drugs seized: Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Fentanyl, Carfentanyl, Sub Oxone, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Pills, Butane Honey Oil and LSD

            Strafford County is pleased to have been awarded another Law Enforcement Opioid Abuse Reduction Initiative Grant for the upcoming year.  Governor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council have awarded a grant to Strafford County in the amount of $80,000

Sheriff David Dubois:

“We are very pleased with the results of our joint task force since its inception. Collaboration is a foundation for many activities in Strafford County Government. The collective effort of law enforcement throughout the county with this task force has assisted greatly in our multifaceted response to the opioid epidemic we are addressing here in this county and throughout our state”.

As always, if you have information on subjects wanted by the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, leave a tip at 603-516-7145.  Anonymous tips are welcome!

Executive Director
Daniel Auger

Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, Dover NH 603-516-7181