Executive councilor asks AG to investigate alleged police corruption in NashuaBy MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader
October 31. 2013 2:30PM
Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli today called on the New Hampshire Attorney General to investigate claims by Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau that she and her husband are the targets of a police department smear campaign.
Pignatelli said she discussed the matter with Attorney General Joe Foster this morning and hopes to get a response from him soon.
"There have been some very serious charges leveled against our police department," said Pignatelli, a Nashua resident. "We have the second largest police force in the state, and the public has a right to know the facts and what is going on."
Earlier this week, Lozeau said Nashua police have re-opened a years-dormant investigation into her husband after she publicly criticized Nashua police unions for failing to negotiate new contracts that included health care concessions.
She said the investigation also appears to include her.
Lozeau is a Republican, Pignatelli is a Democratic executive councilor. Pignatelli said she is totally independent and she just wants the facts to come out.
"My hope is this is all a big mix up, and there's been a misunderstanding at some level," she said.
Pignatelli said she did not approach Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance because the county prosecutors have a close relationship with Nashua police. She said she wants to make sure there is not even the slightest perception of a conflict of interest.
According to previous newspaper reports, Lozeau has said Nashua police began investigating David Lozeau in 2009, based on a complaint from a person who was facing criminal charges. Her husband previously sued the individual, whose name she refused to give.
The unidentified person accused her husband, in his role as a bail commissioner in Nashua, of bid rigging, drug use and misconduct. Lozeau has said the investigation included 11 wiretaps over a two-month period that ended January 2010.
David Lozeau resigned as a bail commissioner earlier this year. At the time, a court spokesperson refused to comment on his departure, citing it as a personnel matter. He has hired a lawyer in light of recent police actions.
Nashua Police Chief John Seusing has denied allegations the investigation is politically motivated.