Report: Rockingham County Attorney Could Face Whistleblower's Lawsuit

Mar 12, 2015

Patricia Conway

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway is facing a potential whistleblower’s lawsuit over her firing of a key witness in a state misconduct investigation.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports county commissioners have received an offer to settle the matter financially instead of defending themselves from a lawsuit.

Conway insists her firing of assistant county attorney Jerome Blanchard just hours after being sworn into office was not payback.

Blanchard tipped off investigators in 2013 about possible illegal activity involving former Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.

Reams denied any wrongdoing and no charges were ever filed. He stepped down from the post last June.

In a letter to county commissioners obtained by the Union Leader, Blanchard’s attorney says a lawsuit against Conway could be brought under the state’s Whistleblower’s Protection Act if the case is not settled out of court.