County of Cheshire New Hampshire


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Cheshire County is value and service driven.  Cheshire County will be known as an   innovative and progressive leader providing cost effective county services that are required by statute.  Others will benchmark against Cheshire County as an example of the best in local government as we partner to meet the unique or unmet needs of county residents.  The citizens and Board of Commissioners will be proud of the staff and have a firm belief in the reliability, truth and strength of the organization. 

Cheshire County, New Hampshire covers 23 towns and 729 square miles in the southwestern corner of the state. The Connecticut and Ashuelot (Ash-WHEEL-ot) rivers run through the county and the most hiked mountain in the world, Mt. Monadnock (3,165ft.) is found in Cheshire County.  The 2013 estimated population of Cheshire County is 76,610.  The County seat is Keene, NH.

Cheshire County government consists of two branches; a Legislative Branch, referred to as the county delegation, which is comprised of twenty-four Representatives elected for 2 year terms, and an Executive Branch consisting of three commissioners. Two of the commissioners are elected for 2 year terms and one is elected for a 4 year term on a rotating basis. The  Cheshire County commissioners appoint a full-time county administrator to oversee the daily operations of the county.

Maplewood Nursing Home

2017 - Reconstruction of Maplewood Project

Delegation Sub-Committee Proceedings
2015 & 2016

EGA Presentations - Parts 1, 2 & 3 - PDF's
PowerPoint's, Costs, and
Summary P&L's - All Scenario's


Cheshire County Delegation Announces:
County Conversations

Maplewood Nursing Home

v Sullivan - Sullivan Town Hall, 452 Centre St., Sullivan, NH - June 8th, 2016 - Video Link Here - 1:36:04

v Westmoreland - Westmorland School, 40 Glebe Rd. Westmoreland,  NH - June 15th, 2016 - Video Link Here -

v Winchester - Winchester Town Hall, 1 Richmond Road, Winchester NH - June 20th, 2016 - Video Link Here -

v Keene - County Hall Building, 12 Court St., Keene, NH - June 22nd, 2016 - Video Link Here -

v Jaffrey - Jaffrey Town Hall, 10 Goodnow St., Jaffrey, NH - June 27th, 2016 - Video Link Here
- 1:54:36


Maplewood Task Force Findings - 2014

The Future of Maplewood Nursing Home
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The Future of Maplewood Nursing Home
Frequently Asked Questions


Old Cheshire County Court House (County Hall) Keene, NH


2017 Executive Committee Proposed Budget

Letter from the Chairman of the Executive Committee to the Delegation

Cheshire County Executive Committee and Delegation Meeting
Monday, March 20, 2017 7:00 PM

The Cheshire County Executive Committee will meet at the County Hall Building, Delegation room, second floor, at 12 Court Street, Keene, NH on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00PM with the Cheshire County Delegation Meeting immediately following.

 The Cheshire County Executive Committee will meet at 6:00PM for the following:

1.      To discuss and vote on the Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification for the Department of Corrections.

To discuss an additional IT position for the second half of 2017.

To discuss any other matters to come before the Executive Committee.

The Cheshire County Delegation will meet beginning at 7:00PM.  The purpose of this meeting is the following:

1.      To review the Executive Committee’s Proposed Budget for 2017.

To adopt the budget for 2017.

To approve taxes to be raised.

To discuss and vote on the Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification for the Department of Corrections.

To discuss any other matters to come before the Delegation.

To receive as informational a status report on the reconstruction of the Maplewood Nursing Home from the County Administrator, the County’s Owner Representative, Steve Horton, Banwell Architects, and Engelberth Construction Management.

Rep. Daniel A. Eaton, Chairman
Rep. Marge Shepardson, Clerk


March 29, 2017 9:30AM
Cheshire County Commissioners

The Cheshire County Commissioners will hold two public hearings at 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 in the second floor conference room.  Three applications to the NH Community Development Finance Authority for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be discussed.  CDBG funds are awarded on a competitive basis in New Hampshire and may be used for housing, public facilities, and economic development projects which have primary benefit to low- and moderate-income people.  A municipality can apply for up to $500,000 in the housing and public facilities category, up to $500,000 in the economic development category, and $12,000 for feasibility studies.  Municipalities may also apply for up to $500,000 in Microenterprise funding for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to microenterprises.

The proposals to be considered by the Commissioners are microenterprise grants to be submitted by Cheshire County for up to $500,000.  The funds, less administrative costs, will be sub-granted to multiple entities including the Hannah Grimes Center, Rockingham Economic Development Corporation, and the NH Small Business Development Center for the purpose of providing training and technical assistance to microenterprises.  This public hearing has been scheduled to provide residents with specific information regarding the grant requirements.  A second public hearing will be held to adopt the Relocation and Anti-Displacement Plan specific to this project.

Interested people are invited to attend and comment on the projects.  Please contact the Cheshire County Commissioner’s Office, (603) 352-8215 or via Relay NH at 1-800-735-2964, in advance if you have a disability and need assistance to attend or participate in the hearing.  Anyone wishing to submit written comments prior to the hearing should address them to the Cheshire County Commissioners, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431. 

Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge

The Silvio 0. Conte Wildlife Refuge includes the entire watershed of the Connecticut River from the Canadian Border to Long Island Sound. The refuge includes 1.9 million acres in New Hampshire and most of Cheshire County is within the refuge boundaries.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service approved their latest expansion plan for the Silvio Conte Wildlife Refuge. The federal plan focus area for the next 15-year expansion of the Silvio 0. Conte Wildlife Refuge includes the Ashuelot River Comprehensive Conservation Plan and the Sprague Brook Comprehensive Conservation Plan. However, USFWS at any time can acquire anywhere within the boundaries of the SCWR.

Most of Cheshire County is within the boundaries of the Silvio 0. Conte Wildlife Refuge and acquisitions will impact the town tax base, existing and future businesses and job opportunities within Cheshire County. 

Learn More:

Link to New Hampshire Silvio 0. Conte Wildlife Refuge comprehensive conservation plan:

Link to Silvio O. Conte Final CCP-EIS

Link to Silvio O. Conte Frequently asked questions:



2017 Commissioners Budget Letter to Delegation


2017 Commissioners Proposed Budget    



New Hampshire's  Right to Know Law's - 2016
March 21, 2016 Presentation
Participant Handout (PDF)
Presented by:
Matthew H. Upton, Esq.
Law Firm of Drummond Woodsum

Posted 3/29/16


2015 Annual County Report

2016 Cheshire County Adopted Budget

Employment Opportunities Maplewood Nursing Home

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2014 Cheshire County Annual Report - Posted 7/24/15
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 County of Cheshire Equal Employment Opportunity Policy


National Weather Service Forecast for Keene, NH