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Annmarie Gilligan Joins Town of Raymond as Finance Director
By Leslie O’Donnell    7-12-17

The Town of Raymond has a new finance director.

Annmarie Gilligan of Loudon began work in the Town Office Building on June 26, and is clearly excited to be in her new post.

“The first day when I drove here for my interview, and on my first day of work, I’ve felt happy to be here,” she said. “I think this is the place I’m supposed to be.”

She has lived in Loudon for two years and previously lived for 27 years in Fremont.

Her work experience includes the SAU (School Administrative Unit) in Epping, then a post as financial manager for the SAU in Fremont for several years. She later worked for seven years as financial manager for the SAU in Chester, before moving on to Gilmanton.

She was also an active volunteer in Fremont during her years in Raymond’s neighboring town. Through those years, she served as chair of the school board, tax collector for a term, selectman, and town and school district moderator. And she served on the Fremont budget committee as a representative at different times for the selectmen and the school board.

She retired a year ago from a career in school district business administration in New Hampshire, most recently in Gilmanton, although that didn’t mean she sat at home and relaxed. She is a lifetime member of the New Hampshire Association of Business Officials, and remained active in that group, including planning its annual conference. She recently resigned from the Genesis Behavioral Health Board of Directors, a large non-profit, and also handled weddings, events and bookkeeping for the Gilmanton Winery.

“Now this is my focus,” Gilligan said of her new job in Raymond. She learned of the job from her husband.

Why return to work after retirement? Gilligan said the high cost of medical insurance made it easy for her to consider returning to full-time work.


Annmarie Gilligan



While she has not worked in finance for a town before, she expects her years as a selectman and a member of the Fremont budget committee should serve her well. “And I’ve done budgeting and all the things that happen here, but on the school side,” she said. “It’s like learning a new language. My predecessor left lots of instructions for everything. The transition has been wonderful. Everyone here is really nice.”

Gilligan said she does not like to see money wasted anywhere. “I hate to see money raised and appropriated and then not used,” she noted.

“I’m a happy person,” she added. “I like to be happy, and don’t like drama, and I like to follow the rules.”

As a result of her years in Fremont, she is no stranger to Raymond. “We’d go to Raymond to shop and to its fairs,” she recalled.

“For right now, my biggest thing is learning people’s names,” she said with a laugh. “I’m trying to get into all the financials so I can see where the town has been and where it’s going, and hopefully this budget season, to get it to where we want it to be.

“My intent is to succeed here and to be completely transparent,” she added. “I want to make sure we’re staying on track, and I have a few months before budget season to get my feet wet.”

Gilligan is married to Paul Branscombe, a former town administrator in Gilmanton who retired and is now a consultant. They celebrate their one-year anniversary this month. She has two sons and two daughters, as well as seven grandchildren, ranging in age from 16 years to 3 months.

“I’m in my element here,” she concluded. “I’m really happy to be here.”