The NH Banking Department is responsible for the general supervision of all state chartered financial institutions. These institutions include commercial banks, fiduciary trust companies, mutual savings banks, guaranty savings banks, co-operative banks, merchant banks, and credit unions. The Department is also charged with the licensing and supervision of nondepository residential mortgage bankers, brokers, servicers and loan originators, money transmitters, retail sellers, sales finance companies, small loan lenders and debt adjusters.
State Laws mandate that the Department conduct examinations of each financial institution and licensed lender and broker to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
State Laws also provide the Banking Commissioner with authority to investigate consumer complaints, hold public hearings and assess administrative fines and order restitution if New Hampshire State Laws are violated by institutions under the commissioner's jurisdiction.
The New Hampshire Banking Department is an executive agency of New Hampshire state government charged with protecting the public interest by securing the safety and soundness of banks and credit unions, and by regulating non-bank consumer loan lenders and loan brokers.
The first act relating to the bank commissioners was passed in 1837 and was approved July 5th by Governor Isaac Hill. It provided for the appointment of three commissioners for terms of one year. Prior to 1837, examinations of state banks were performed by committees of the legislature.
The terms of the commissioners continued to be of one year each until 1881, when the number of commissioners was reduced from three to two and the terms were increased to two years each. In 1889, the law was amended and a board of three commissioners was created with terms of three years each, the terms being so arranged that one expired each year. The board of commissioners continued until it was abolished in 1913, when the positions of commissioner and deputy commissioner were created by the legislature. In 1915, a board of three commissioners was restored, with one commissioner designated as chairman and the terms were extended to six years, with one expiring every two years. In 1925 changes provided for the reorganization of the bank commission, replacing the commission of three members with a commissioner, a deputy, two examiners, and other assistants. The bank commissioner and deputy were appointed for six year terms by the Governor with the consent of the executive council.
Until 1881 the commissioners were paid for their examinations by the banks at the rate of two dollars per day and ten cents a mile for travel. Subsequently the per diem was increased to three dollars, and in 1885 to five dollars. Salaries were first authorized in 1889.
The Small Loan Division was created in 1961. The division was responsible for the licensing and supervision of small loan companies and retail seller and sales finance companies. The division is currently referred to as the Consumer Credit Division and is responsible for licensing and supervising nonbank first mortgage lenders and brokers, second mortgage lenders, mortgage loan servicers, small loan companies, retail sellers, sales finance companies, money transmitters and debt adjusters.
The Banking Division conducts examinations for safety and soundness of New Hampshire chartered financial institutions, including commercial banks, fiduciary trust companies, mutual savings banks, guaranty savings banks, co-operative banks, merchant banks and credit unions. The division processes and investigates applications for bank charters, branches, ATMs, merger transactions and interstate acquisitions. It also processes registrations for nonbank cash dispensing machines. The division publishes a monthly bank activity bulletin, compiles data for inclusion in the Annual Report of the Bank Commissioner, investigates consumer complaints and responds to inquiries from state and federal regulators, financial institutions, and the public.
The Consumer Credit Division licenses and supervises nonbank mortgage lenders and brokers, second mortgage lenders, small loan companies, sales finance companies, retail sellers, debt adjusters and mortgage loan servicers. The division examines each licensed lender and broker for compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Administrative staff conducts license application reviews and investigates non-licensed entities. The division compiles data for inclusion in the Annual Report of the Bank Commissioner, investigates consumer complaints and responds to inquiries from state and federal regulators, financial institutions, and the public.
The General Counsel is responsible for legal matters that come before the department. In addition, the General Counsel is the legislative liaison to the state Legislature.
|March 7, 2013 - Present||Glenn A. Perlow|
|May 11, 2011 - January 31, 2013||Ronald A. Wilbur|
|June 7, 2010 - May 10, 2011||Robert A. Fleury*|
|2001 - June 6, 2010||Peter C. Hildreth|
|1977-2001||A. Roland Roberge|
|1969-1976||James W. Nelson|
|1965-1968||Vincent P. Dunn|
|1959-1964||Harrison S. King|
|1952-1958||Winfield J. Phillips|
|1935-1952||Clyde M. Davis|
|1931-1934||Willard D. Rand|
|1926-1930||Arthur E. Dole|
|1925||Board: Leon O. Gerry/George E. Farrand|
|Deputy Bank Commissioners|
|August 1, 2012 - March 6, 2013||Glenn A. Perlow|
|2002-2012||Robert A. Fleury|
|1993-1999||Allan N. Jeannotte|
|1991-1992||Leon S. Merrill, Jr.|
|1969-1990||Arlan S. MacKnight|
|1957-1968||James W. Nelson|
|1928-1956||Leon O. Gerry|
|1926-1927||George E. Farrand|
|* Robert A. Fleury was Deputy Commissioner fulfilling his statutory duties under
RSA 383:1 in the absence of a Commissioner.
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