Attorney general seeks more funding, staff
State Attorney General Joe Foster, left, talks with Maureen Smith and Jeremy Eggleton of the Orr & Reno law firm. (Dave Solomon / Union Leader)
Smith, who had served as Attorney General from 1981 to 1984, had 55 attorneys in the Department of Justice during his tenure, Foster learned. "That's two more than are there today," he told a small group comprised mostly of attorneys from the state's leading law firms.
"Even though outside counsel does a great job, we could spend less if we had more money for staff," he said. "I hope the business community will support efforts to help the department grow."
"We have to have the bodies to do it," Foster responded.
Turnover in the department is higher than it should be he said, as lawyers are not only leaving for private practice but being "poached" by other state agencies, he said, adding, "I have a great team in place," he said, "but I want to make it even better."
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