Public Notice

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2022, 7:00 P.M.
Superior Courtroom II, Upper Level

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Notice is hereby given that at the request of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, the date of the Organizational Meeting
for the 2023-2024 Strafford County Delegation is Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in
Superior Courtroom II, Upper Level of the Justice and Administration Building, 259 County Farm Road, Dover, New Hampshire
with public access available via Zoom as noted above.During this meeting, the following business will be conducted:
1. 2021-2022 Chairman or Vice Chairman Call Delegation Meeting to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
3. Moment of Silent Meditation
4. Motion to Nominate Temporary Clerk
5. Temporary Clerk Reads Notice of Public Meeting and Roll Call
6. 2021-2022 Chairman or Vice Chairman Opens Nominations for Temporary Chairman and Vote
7. Temporary Chairman Calls Recess for Caucus for
    Democratic and Republican Party Members for 15 minutes
8. Return from Recess; Accept Nominations for 2023-2024 Delegation Chairman and Vote
9. New Chairman Accepts Nominations for 2023-2024 Vice Chairman and Vote
10. New Chairman Accepts Nominations for 2023-2024 Clerk and Vote
11. Motion to Allow Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Clerk to be Voting Members of Executive Committee
12. Recess to Caucus for Executive Committee Nominations and Votes:
      15 Members, excluding 3 Officers = 12 Members
13. Reconvene: Chairman Hears Republicans’ Nominations for Executive Committee and Democrats’
      Nominations for Executive Committee for the 2023-2024
      Term Based on Proportions Similar to Election Results
14. Chairman Reads Nominations for Members of Executive Committee by
      Republicans and Democrats for the Record
15. Recognize County Commission Chairman to Speak; Introduce Commissioners and Elected Officials
16. Any Other Business Which May Legally Come Before the Delegation at That Time
17. Call for Adjournment

Information and directions may be obtained in advance of the meeting by contacting the Strafford County
Commissioners office at 603-516-7100.




The Strafford County Courthouse building will be open to the public.

For the purposes of preventing the spread of COVID-19, all persons entering the building should:

Self-screen for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. If anyone reports symptoms they should not enter the building.

Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.

Anyone reporting household contact to someone with COVID-19 (in the past 14 days) should not enter the building.

Business should be conducted in a remote manner, if/when possible.

In accordance with the New Hampshire Judicial Branch (NHJB), unvaccinated people should continue to wear a face covering although they are not required to. Applicable to all areas of the Strafford County Courthouse.

Face coverings should be encouraged, NOT enforced.

Vaccination status is an honor system.

DO NOT ask others about vaccination status;

Face coverings offered to everyone;

It is the choice of the individual to wear a face covering.

Operations such as Probation/Parole, Community Corrections, etc. will operate under their own authority regarding inquiry of vaccination status.

Electronic/Remote means to conduct business are still encouraged; however, business may be conducted in person.

Social Distancing and Hand Hygiene are encouraged but not enforced.

For specific information related to Court Operations such as: media coverage, jury trial protocols, electronic services, etc.

Please refer to the NHJB webpage with important information about the response to COVID-19. New Hampshire Judicial Branch - COVID-19 Update and Resources page (

                         Raymond F. Bower

Raymond F. Bower
County Administrator


Strafford County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Officer Deputy Elizabeth Baez and County Administrator Ray Bower stand in front of the Riverside Rest Home parade float and are helping to get ready for the Dover Holiday Parade Sunday November, 27 2022


Welcome you to the Strafford County website. Whether you are a current, past, or prospective resident, we hope you enjoy your visit to our virtual home.

County Functions and Responsibilities

The County is currently responsible for: Caring for the elderly in need of nursing home care at Riverside Rest Home; operating a regional jail/house of correction, together with a jail industries program, community corrections program, drug and mental health courts, and a transitional housing program; the County Attorney oversees and provides for the prosecution of criminals; operates a domestic violence unit, child advocacy center, and family justice center; the Sheriff oversee and handles the transportation of criminals, delivery of writs and other Court-related paperwork, operates a Communications and Dispatch Center, and oversees Courthouse security; the Register of Deeds is responsible for the recording of official land transfer documents at the Registry; the Treasurer, together with the Commissioners, oversee the payment of all County financial obligations; as well as a variety of other community-related programs to assist the citizens of the County.

County Government’s Structure

The structure of County government today is modeled after a basic three-branch system of government. The three County Commissioners make up the Executive branch, with responsibility for the day‑to‑day operations of County government, in both fiscal and policy matters. In Strafford County, the Commissioners are elected for two-year terms, at large, meaning from anywhere in Strafford County.

By virtue of election to the State House, a Representative also becomes a member of the County Delegation, which in many counties meets several times a year. The Delegation works primarily on matters of budgeting, exercising its responsibility for appropriating money for County use, which makes up the Legislative branch of County government. It is likely that relatively few New Hampshire voters realize that when they elect their Representatives to the State House of Representatives they are also making them the legislative authority of their County.

Current County Events

Strafford County is made up of three cities: Dover, Rochester, and Somersworth; and ten towns: Barrington, Durham, Farmington, Lee, Madbury, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Rollinsford, and Strafford, and is home to approximately 125,000 citizens. There are ten (10) counties in New Hampshire, of which Strafford County is the fourth largest in population. According to the 2010 Census the County's population was estimated at 123,143, with 80% of the population over the age of 18 and a median age of approximately 34. Strafford County's estimated racial/ethnic composition in 2010 was 94% White, 1% Black or African American, 3% Asian, and 0.2% American Indian or Alaskan Native, with the remainder of the population being made up of small percentages of other races. Individuals of Hispanic or Latino origin comprised almost 2% of the County’s population. There were 46,576 households reported in 2006-2010. The Census also found that the median household income in the County was $57,809.

A Brief History of Strafford County Government

County Government in New Hampshire began in 1771 with five (5) counties: Rockingham, Strafford, Hillsborough, Cheshire, and Grafton. Strafford County was organized at Dover in 1771 and was named after William Wentworth, 2nd Earl of Strafford. Today, the County borders on Belknap, Carroll, Merrimack, and Rockingham Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The Court system was once a part of County Government, but is now operated by the State of New Hampshire. Roads, which were also previously the responsibility of the County, are now cared for by the State of New Hampshire or the city or town in which they are located. The State Department of Health and Human Services provides services to assist families and juveniles with behavior problems. These services were also provided by the County at one time.

We hope this little synopsis of County government has enlightened you as to the workings at this level of government in New Hampshire. For further information on individual offices and departments within the County, please go to their web page.


Very truly yours,

Strafford County Commissioners

George Maglaras

George Maglaras, Chairman

 Robert J. Watson

Robert J. Watson, Vice Chairman

 Deanna Rollo

 Deanna Rollo, Clerk


Landlords Document Downloads


Eviction Notice

Demand for Rent

Affidavit of Damages


Civil Judgment & SC & LLT Checklist



Cost of writ:


Filing fee:


The writ must be purchased from the court, completed (except for the return date), filed with the court, and filing fee paid prior to service of process.

The Demand for Rent (if applicable) and Eviction Notice must have been delivered to the tenant and must have expired prior to the landlord’s filing of the writ.

The court may require an affidavit of ownership/tenancy.

If the writ includes a claim for unpaid rent, a completed statement of the claim and affidavit of damages must accompany the writ to be served upon the tenant. This form will be provided at the time of the purchase of the writ at no extra charge.

It is the responsibility of the landlord to deliver the completed writ and accompanying affidavit of damages and statement of claim (if applicable) to the sheriff for service upon the tenant. With the sheriff's assistance the return date on the writ will be completed. Once service upon the tenant has been made, the landlord must file the return of service with the court.

Upon completion of the court action, should the court grant a Writ of Possession to the landlord, the writ will only be issued upon the filing of a completed military affidavit. This form may be obtained from the clerk’s office.

Information for Tenants

Tenants who wish to answer to the writ and to be heard at a court hearing should complete an Appearance Form (available at the court) and file it with the court prior to the return date indicated on the writ.

The return date is not the date on which the case will be heard. If the tenant files an appearance with the court, the matter will be set for trial within ten (10) days following the date of the filing of the Appearance Form with the court.

The landlord and tenant are notified by mail of the trial date.

If the tenant fails to respond to the writ by not filing the Appearance Form, a Notice of Default will be issued against the tenant. If the writ contains a claim for unpaid rent, a judgment for that amount may be entered against the tenant.

If the tenant fails to appear at the scheduled trial, judgment may be rendered for the landlord. If the writ contains a claim for unpaid rent, a judgment for that amount may be entered against the tenant.

For further information regarding tenant rights see the New Hampshire Legal Aid website:

Strafford County Drug Task Force

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The Strafford County Drug Task Force (SCDTF) is made up of county law enforcement officers from the Dover, Somersworth, Rochester, UNH, and the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office.  Officers are assigned and dedicated to narcotic investigations in the county.  Officers work closely with county police departments, state and federal drug task forces, as well as other county drug task force to enforce state and federal drug laws.

The SCDTF was formed by Strafford County Police Chiefs in 2014 in response to the growing narcotic problem.  The mission of the task force is to target street level drug dealers thereby improving the quality of life within our communities.

2015 Statistics

93 Drug Investigations resulting in 54 arrests for sale/possession of controlled drugs and related offenses.  74% of those investigations were heroin/fentanyl related.

2016 Statistics

84 Drug Investigations resulting in 27  arrests for sale/possession of controlled drugs and related offenses.  73% of those investigations were heroin/fentanyl related.

The SCDTF Tip Line is 603-516-7145


www.DoverCoalition.orgInformation for Landlords



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                             DEPUTY SHERIFF CHARLES E. SMITH




Charles E. Smith, born, rose, educated and a resident in the Town of Barrington NH was duly appointed a Deputy Sheriff for the County of Strafford by then High Sheriff John H. Pingree due to his reputation, his stellar character, and his most favorable standing in his community.


High Sheriff’s appointed their deputies based upon their backgrounds and life experiences due to they’re being no formal law enforcement training available nor was any required.  Deputies who were extended police powers became the extension of the Sheriff himself and his local representatives throughout the County of Strafford.


Charles E. Smith served in America’s Civil War as a volunteer in the 18th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment. His military experience was an attribute that Sheriff Pingree surely recognized when he swore him in as his deputy.


Additionally, Charles E. Smith knew Barrington geographically and the voters of the town recognized his leadership traits as they elected him to public office numerous times.  He served as a town selectman, collector of taxes and as Barrington’s representative to the New Hampshire State Legislature.  The rank in file citizens of Barrington held Smith in high regard and trusted his abilities to be their voice in town, county and state forums.


Charles E. Smith was also known in the Town of Barrington as a reputable businessman who was in the lumber and grocery business with his associate, William Waterhouse.


Charles E. Smith served six (6) years as a Deputy Sheriff, three actual terms or appointments.  His common sense approach to decision-making, especially those decisions that needed to be made under extreme provocation and stress, was one of his strongest qualities.  He would make such a decision as he lay mortally wounded from a gunshot wound to his pelvic region in a secluded area of Center Strafford NH that “saved” the life of the person who fired the gun inflicting the wound that would take his life.




Meet the Sheriff Deputies of Strafford County
Meet the Sheriff Deputies of Strafford County