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June 22. 2013 9:43PM

Nashua deputy police chief placed on administrative leave

Nashua Deputy Police Chief Scott Howe has been placed on administrative leave, according to Thomas Pappas, the chairman of the Nashua Police Commission.

"Effective Friday, he was placed on administrative leave with pay," Pappas said when reached by phone Saturday night.

Pappas declined to discuss what prompted the action. "It's a personnel matter," he said.

Pappas wouldn't say whether it involves an audit of the Nashua Police Relief Association being conducted by the Charitable Trusts Unit of the Attorney General's Office at the request of Nashua Police Chief John Seusing.

In late March, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported that Seusing asked the Attorney General's Office to audit the association after learning the nonprofit paid Howe to clean the building it owns on Kinsley Street.

In an interview at the time, Seusing told the newspaper that the association, which is affiliated with the police department and is not part of the police union, paid Howe using a Visa debit card instead of by check.

Attempts to reach Seusing and Howe were unsuccessful Saturday night.

In March, Seusing said: "There were some concerns brought to my attention regarding the governance of (the association) and its internal procedures, whether they have been followed correctly."

Seusing is also a dues-paying member of the association and said concerns were raised among members when it considered raising dues.

Seusing said the association is open to Nashua police, and it provides relief to members and their families during a crisis, buys watches for members when they retire and offers a small life insurance policy.

On Thursday, Anthony I. Blenkinsop, director of the Charitable Trusts Unit, said his office was not finished with its inquiry into the association.

The association's two-story building is also used for social functions or by officers on duty for a lunch break.

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