Merrifield confirmed as Labor commissioner

Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield, seat at head of table, met with SEA members this week ahead of his confirmation as commissioner of the Department of Labor.

Franklin Mayor Ken Merrifield, seat at head of table, met with SEA members this week ahead of his confirmation as commissioner of the Department of Labor.

On Wednesday, the Executive Council confirmed Ken Merrifield as Commissioner of the Department of Labor. Merrifield is in his fifth term as mayor of the city of Franklin, and also currently works in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Earlier this week, Merrifield met with SEA leaders and members from the Department of Labor and answered their questions. The SEA holds these meetings when nominees for state agency positions are brought forward, to give employees an opportunity to pose questions before the Executive Council votes on the nomination.

Merrifield was confirmed by a vote of 4-1, with Executive Councilor Chris Pappas providing the dissenting vote. He’ll step down from his post as mayor next month when the takes the reins at the Department of Labor.

You can read the Concord Monitor’s report on his confirmation here.

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