BRENTWOOD — Jason Grosky, Salem's police prosecutor, has formed an exploratory committee to gauge a possible campaign for Rockingham County Attorney in the fall.
Grosky, 37, a registered Republican from Atkinson, has not made a final decision about whether to run for the office held for the last 15 years by embattled County Attorney James Reams, who is locked in a legal battle with the state over his temporary suspension from office.
Grosky said on Tuesday that he has no timetable on deciding whether to seek the county's top law enforcement position.
The Friends of Jason Grosky Committee allows him to gauge the strength of a possible campaign, while he meets and talks to people across Rockingham County, he said.
"Rockingham County is a big place with a lot of ground to cover," Grosky said. "I have been encouraged to run by members of the law enforcement community, by members of the (New Hampshire) Bar and members of the community. I am very flattered by it."
Grosky acknowledged that he mailed just under 100 letters to lawyers and other people he knows at the beginning of the year, asking for their support. He would not reveal how many people or who was currently serving on his committee.
"Your encouragement, outreach and backing are very important to me to ensure a strong showing at the ballot box," Grosky said in the letter. "But getting there, plainly speaking, costs money, and I am asking you to please contribute to my exploratory campaign."
Secretary of State William Gardner said once an exploratory committee is formed, it is not required to disclose how much funds it has raised until it exceeds or spends $500.
The committee is required to register with the Secretary of State's Office 14 days after forming and must list a treasurer who is accountable for bookkeeping and legal documents, Gardner said.
If a candidate ultimately decides to run for office, then the exploratory committee can convert to a political committee that has different reporting rules enforced by the state Attorney General's Office, according to Gardener.
The filing period for candidates seeking county offices opens on June 4 and ends June 14, Gardner said.
Grosky is the sole prosecutor for the Salem Police Department, prosecuting all misdemeanor trials in Salem's 10th Circuit Court.
He also handles arraignments, bail and probable cause hearings for all felony cases before they are remanded to superior court for possible indictment. Grosky joined the department in 2009 after working for two years as an assistant district attorney in Essex County, Massachusetts.
Before attending law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter for The Eagle Tribune.