ATKINSON — Salem police prosecutor Jason B. Grosky Tuesday morning officially announced plans to seek the office of Rockingham County attorney.
“I’m a prosecutor, not a politician. As county attorney I will be a prosecutor first and foremost, working with law enforcement and arguing cases before judges and juries, fighting for justice in the courtroom,” Grosky said in a press release announcing his bid for the position now in limbo after County Attorney James Reams was suspended Nov. 6 amid an ongoing investigation by state and federal authorities into the operations of the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.
Grosky, 37, is an Atkinson Republican who became the prosecutor for the Salem Police Department in 2009. As prosecutor, Grosky handles charges ranging from felonies to driving offenses and manages at least 75 to 100 cases a week, according to his release. He argues and tries cases in the Salem Circuit Court.
Grosky, who was a reporter at The Eagle Tribune for nearly a decade before launching his legal career, formerly worked as an assistant district attorney for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
Now in his fifth year in Salem, Grosky is responsible for deciding which Salem cases should be sent to the County Attorney’s Office for possible grand jury indictment. The Salem cases result in more felony indictments than any other agency in the county and make up 15 percent of the county attorney’s caseload, according to Grosky.
In addition to his duties as prosecutor, Grosky has served as president of the Greater Salem Bar Association since 2012 and is an Atkinson member on the Timberlane Regional School District’s Budget Committee. Other community service work includes serving on the Greater Salem Rotary Club, the board of directors for Timberlane Junior Football, and coaching for the Timberlane Tornadoes youth football.
Grosky and his wife, Gretchen, have three children.
The filing period for candidates seeking office in the state primary is June 4-13. The primary will be held Sept. 9 followed by the general election on Nov. 4.