Town of Newmarket Announces Retirement of Recreation Director Jim Hilton

Town of Newmarket Announces Retirement of

Recreation Director Jim Hilton

After 27 years of distinguished service to the Town of Newmarket, and over 42 years in the field of recreation, Recreation Director Jim Hilton has submitted his notice of retirement effective January 1, 2017. After working as a recreation director and camp programmer in numerous communities, Director Hilton came to Newmarket in 1989 from the town of Carrabassett Valley Maine/Sugarloaf where he served as their Community Development Director. Here he modernized and revitalized the recreation program. Director Hilton was instrumental in refurbishing the Beanie Howcroft Sports Complex in 1994 and Leo Landroche Complex in 2010. He secured funding for the construction of the Community Center to house various programs including Head Start, as well as convert the former ambulance building into the Sunrise Sunset Center to provide services to Newmarket Seniors.

Director Hilton is an expert in the field of recreation. In addition to teaching recreation at the Univeristy of New Hampshire from 1990 – 2005, he has also spoken to numerous professional conferences and conventions. 

Newmarket Town Administrator Steve Fournier commented, “Jim Hilton is the model of what a Recreation Director is supposed to be. He cares for all members of the community from the youngest to the oldest.  In my travels across the state and region, the number of people who have approached me and let me know that Jim Hilton was their mentor is amazing. Jim is leaving a lasting impression not just on Newmarket, but across New Hampshire. He should be proud of all that he has done. I will miss our daily conversations on how to make the people of Newmarket’s lives just that much better. I wish him well in his retirement.”

In his retirement, Director Hilton intends on traveling to visit his 10 children and 19 grandchildren around the country. He will then enjoy his first summer off, taking time to fish and working on his gardens. After, he will continue to work to better people’s lives by working with nonprofits in the area.

Town Administrator Fournier stated that he will be discussing the retirement of Director with the Town Council in near future. Pursuant to Section 4.8 of the Newmarket Town Charter, the Town Administrator has the authority to appoint the Recreation Director subject to the approval of the Town Council.