Jim Boffetti from the state’s Attorney General’s office has stepped back into the role of interim Rockingham County Attorney for the second time in a year.
When the Attorney General’s office suspended Rockingham county attorney Jim Reams last November, Boffetti stepped in on an interim basis. And now about a month after returning to his old job running the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, Boffetti is back in Reams’ vacated office.
Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams will return to office on Wednesday, but his authority to make personnel decision will be limited.
Lawyers for Attorney General Joe Foster and Attorney Reams together crafted the agreement that allows the Reams to return to work.
Foster suspended Reams from his elected post in November and opened an investigation. In March, the investigation concluded with allegations of sexual harassment, gender discrimination and misuse of public money. No criminal charges were made.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Thursday that suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams can return to office while the Attorney General appeals a lower court's finding that the suspension was unlawful.
The Supreme Court denied the AG's request for a stay that would have kept Reams out of office until the appeal is argued.
New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster has appealed to the state Supreme Court that he in fact had the authority to strip suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams of his prosecutorial authority.
Rockingham County Attorney James Reams filed a petition challenging his suspension by Attorney General Joseph A. Foster. Reams alleged his November 6, 2013 suspension was illegal and sought that the court order his reinstatement. A judge reinstated Reams on Thursday, April 10.
The Attorney General's office has released its complaint for the removal of Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.
Citing interviews with former employees of the Rockingham County Attorney's Office, the 25-page redacted complaint alleges numerous cases of sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and misuse of county funds dating back 14 years.
Tom Reid, a deputy to suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams, has resigned. Authorities suspended Reams and Reid in November, at the outset of a state and federal investigation into office operations and management.
Attorney General Joe Foster said Reid submitted his resignation Friday, several days after a third employee who had been placed on administrative leave resigned her position.
In a statement, Foster noted the deputy county attorney was not the target of the criminal investigation, and that there was no evidence he had engaged in criminal wrongdoing.