October 30, 2013

Nashua mayor alleges police backlash

Donnalee Lozeau says a smear job is being orchestrated.

The Associated Press

NASHUA, N.H. — Nashua's mayor says the police department has been investigating her and her husband, a former bail commissioner, after someone he sued made allegations about him to the police.

Police Chief John Seusing declined to comment on whether there's been an investigation, although a lawyer representing Mayor Donnalee Lozeau's husband said Wednesday he is reviewing documents and recordings on an investigation into the couple provided by lawyers representing the police.

The Telegraph reports Donnalee Lozeau said she learned of the 2009-2010 investigation a day after her February State of the City address. Her husband, David Lozeau, had sued someone who then told police he "was engaged in bid-rigging, drug use and misconduct." She did not provide the name of that person or the details of the lawsuit.

The mayor said in a statement Tuesday the investigation, which included 11 attempts to wiretap her husband, was closed without any charges filed, then reopened in February, during tension between her and police over department contracts.

"The subsequent attempt by one or more persons in the police department to start a smear campaign based on an unfounded investigation to achieve political goals is shocking and appalling," she said in her statement.

She added, "Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can: I have not engaged in criminal activity of any kind. The suggestion that I committed any misconduct of any kind is unfounded, unsubstantiated, and untrue."

Seusing denied any link between an investigation and disagreements that he or police unions have had with the mayor.

Richard Lehmann, an attorney who represents David Lozeau, said Wednesday he is reviewing documents and recordings from the investigation. He said there's nothing in the conversations that suggest the Lozeaus were in any way involved in any kind of misconduct. He declined to comment on the lawsuit filed by David Lozeau, only saying it had "nothing to do with his role as bail commissioner."

The Telegraph had requested police records five months ago after David Lozeau resigned as bail commissioner. An attorney hired by the city reviewed the records and agreed to release at least some of them after letting Lehmann review them. Lehmann, who is still reviewing the records, said he can't answer yet whether he'll release them publicly.

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