- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) - Rockingham County officials have reached an $80,000 settlement in a wrongful termination claim made by a former prosecutor.

Jerome Blanchard was fired by County Attorney Patricia Conway on her first day on the job last November. She succeeded longtime county attorney Jim Reams, who was investigated by the attorney general over allegations of sexual harassment and mismanaging money. No charges were filed.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1KKek94) Blanchard’s attorney, Sean O’Connell, alleged Blanchard was fired in retaliation for his cooperation with the investigation. Blanchard said he’d sue under the state Whistleblowers’ Protection Act.

County Commissioner Kevin Coyle has said Blanchard reported Conway’s husband, former Salem police Sgt. Eric Lamb, was removed by Reams from a list of police officers reported as having possible credibility problems if asked to testify at trial. Conway said she didn’t know her husband’s name was removed by Reams, while Reams said it was an error.

Conway called the allegations “absolutely ridiculous,” but said she couldn’t speak publicly about her reason for firing Blanchard, other than to say it was in the best interest of the county.



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Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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