NORTHEAST NAMES PSNH MANAGERS TAKEOVER BID OK IS STILL PENDING

NORTHEAST NAMES PSNH MANAGERS TAKEOVER BID OK IS STILL PENDING

Northeast Utilities Inc. appointed a new team of senior managers to take over the running of Public Service Co. of New Hampshire, operator of the long- delayed Seabrook nuclear power plant.

Northeast, which has bid $2.3 billion for Public Service, also said it dismissed 15 Public Service middle management employees on Monday, said Jeffrey Kotkin, spokesman. Those employees will remain on the payroll for 60 days, he said.About 50 middle-level managers had been in limbo while Northeast decided whether to keep them. Mr. Kotkin said no other firings are expected but added, ''There could be changes after the merger is completed."

The Connecticut utility's bid for Public Service still requires the approval of state and federal regulators.

PSNH sought bankruptcy protection in January 1988, largely because of delays and huge cost overruns at the troubled Seabrook plant. Northeast's offer was accepted after almost two years of talks and bidding by various New England utilities.

Until the takeover is completed, an interim board will run Public Service, New Hampshire's largest electric utility. The board elected Leon Maglathlin Jr. president and chief executive officer.

Frank Locke, a Northeast senior vice president, will be responsible for PSNH's day-to-day operations. If Northeast's bid is approved as expected, Mr. Locke will become president.

John Duffet, Public Service's former president and chief executive officer, and four senior vice presidents officially left the company Monday.

Mr. Locke said several task forces of Public Service and Northeast employees have begun analyzing the two utilities to determine how best to operate them once the merger is completed.