- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A seasoned prosecutor has handily won the race for Rockingham County Attorney in New Hampshire, closing a year of turmoil surrounding her former boss.

Republican Patricia Conway of Salem beat Democratic opponent Joe Plaia by a nearly 2-1 margin. She will take over the office formerly held by longtime county attorney Jim Reams.

The attorney general stripped Reams of his prosecutorial powers by the attorney general one year ago, amid an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and mismanaging money. No charges were brought against him and a judge ordered Reams reinstated in April. He resigned in June from the job he’d held since 1998 - six months before the expiration of his term.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti, who has been serving as interim county attorney since Reams’ resignation, said he expects special arrangements will be made to swear in Conway as early as Friday.

Boffetti said the county’s delegation of state representatives will meet Thursday night to vote on whether to appoint Conway to serve out the balance of Reams’ term before beginning her own in January. He said he is meeting with Conway Thursday to go over budget and other issues.



Conway has been a Rockingham County prosecutor since 1999 and lead prosecutor under Reams since 2003.

Boffetti ran the county’s public defender’s office before joining the attorney general’s office and worked on cases Conway prosecuted.

“She’s been here for a very long time. I have respect for her as a prosecutor,” said Boffetti, who added he’s confident the staff will support her.

County commissioner Kevin Coyle isn’t convinced her lengthy tenure with the office is a plus.

“Pat has some ties to Jim Reams which concern me,” Coyle said. “That office needs some serious attention and I’m hoping she gives it that.”

Conway was not in the office Wednesday and did not immediately return a call to her home seeking comment.

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