Sununu Pulls Nomination Of Pick To Lead DES

Apr 17, 2017

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Governor Chris Sununu has decided to rescind the nomination of Peter Kujawski to be New Hampshire's next Environmental Services Commissioner. Sununu says members of the Executive Council had concerns about Bedford businessman Peter Kujawski, who claimed during his confirmation hearing that Sununu had offered him several jobs, including one at a private company.

The Governor denied offering Peter Kujawski, a former U.S. Army colonel with no experience in environmental regulation, the job at a private company. Late Monday morning, he was still hoping he could persuade Executive Councilors to back Kujawski for Commissioner of Environmental Services.

"I'm going to follow up with the executive councilors, you know, feel where they are. I know there are some concerns there, but I always like to talk to them and see what those concerns are. If there are issues where we can allay their concerns and fears, that's great, but if there are more significant issues we can take further steps."

An hour later, Sununu announced he was pulling Kujawski's nomination.