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Opinion

January 29, 2014

Letter: Budget meeting should not have included Reams

To the editor:

I write with great dismay over the recent actions of state Rep. Ken Weyler who decided to hold a budget presentation with Jim Reams, our suspended Rockingham County attorney, who is the subject of a criminal investigation.

Mr. Weyler claims he was never notified by the state attorney general’s office that Mr. Reams had been removed from office. However, Rep. Weyler was the one who admittedly cancelled the scheduled presentation on the Rockingham County attorney’s office budget with Interim County Attorney James Boffetti, to instead meet with Mr. Reams at the same time at a secret location.

Mr. Boffetti was put in charge of the Rockingham County attorney’s office by the New Hampshire’s attorney general to restore the integrity lost under Mr. Reams’ watch. Mr. Boffetti had prepared his own budget presentation. Yet, Rep. Weyler chose to ignore the attorney general’s mandate because he never received a gilded notice that Mr. Reams is locked out of his office as the criminal investigation continues.

I now question the integrity of the Rockingham County attorney’s budget with Mr. Reams as the presenter and Rep. Weyler orchestrating the presentation in direct insult to the attorney general. I question how much Mr. Reams included in the budget for travel and expenses, as he was the subject of a criminal investigation while on a junket in Texas.

I do not believe Rep. Weyler lives under a rock, and it is unacceptable for our elected state representative to act as such. There has been much media attention given to the investigation into Mr. Reams and his suspension from office. I would also ask other lawmakers in attendance why they favored snubbing the attorney general and misleading Interim County Attorney Boffetti, or why they did not speak out against allowing Mr. Reams to make a secret budget presentation.

It’s time to let investigators do their jobs and restore integrity to Rockingham County’s top law enforcement office. It’s time for voters to tell our elected officials these political shenanigans will no longer be tolerated.

Justin Metzner

Plaistow

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