Former White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu has a new title — hog wrangler.
Sununu and his wife, Nancy, recently were named to the honorary post of Hampton Falls' hog reeve, complete with a swearing-in ceremony and a badge. The post, which dates back to the 1700s, means the couple are responsible for rounding up any loose pigs in town.
The title is usually given to an unsuspecting newcomer each year. The Sununus recently moved from Salem to Hampton Falls to be closer to relatives.
"Somebody had warned us," Sununu said. "We had some friends who had come to town earlier."
He was New Hampshire governor for three terms in the 1980s and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1991, and now he's taking his new job in stride.
"It's one of the great honors," Sununu said. "We got a badge and everything. If you need any hogs rounded up, call me."