$80,000 settlement reached in NH prosecutor wrongful termination case
BRENTWOOD (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 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.
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.