Hooksett project coordinator hired as Wilton’s new town administrator

  • Nicholas Germain has been hired as the new Town Administrator in Wilton. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/6/2021 2:35:54 PM

Wilton has hired Nicholas Germain as the replacement for outgoing Town Administrator Paul Branscombe.

Branscombe announced his retirement earlier this year, and will remain on the job until Nov. 19. Germain, the project coordinator for the town of Hooksett, is scheduled to start on the job on Nov. 1, and will shadow Branscombe until his official retirement date.

“In Wilton, they have a lot of resources here,” Germain said. “This town has a lot of cool assets and upcoming projects. I’m happiest when I’m energetic and running around with a lot of projects, so I’m very excited for this. This is the stuff that makes me happy.”

Germain, who grew up in Fitzwilliam, said his goal has been to work in a small community like the one he grew up in.

With a master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Hampshire, Germain has spent the last five years in Hooksett as a project coordinator, working under the town administrator organizing community development and other special projects. Prior to working in Hooksett, he spent a year as the city planner in Portsmouth.

Germain said his initial goal was to work in the nonprofit sector, but became interested in government work through some of his teachers who had that background.

“I got addicted to it. It’s fruitful, meaningful work,” Germain said. “The big difference to me, is that you get to do so many things. You may be working on finances or the budget, but in the next hour, you may be in the field working on a new bridge or community development project. And you get to see those projects make a difference in people’s lives. And that the real meaningful thing, to have tangible work that makes people’s lives better.”

In an interview Tuesday, Germain said that while the Wilton Select Board most wanted a smooth and continuous transition from Branscombe’s tenure, they were also very interested in his strategic planning and economic development experience.

“They have several projects that are poised at the stepping off point, so part of the job is very much figuring out those projects,” Germain said.

Among those projects is the possible merger of the ambulance and fire station, the need for a new highway garage, several town-owned dams in need of repair, and development of recreation areas along some of Wilton’s water bodies.

Germain said the interview committee was interested in developing a more long-term view of economic development in Wilton, and his skill set would be suited to that.

 “That’s a tall order, but my experience is, we can get there,” Germain said.


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