OSSIPEE — As her colleagues attempt to remove her from the District 3 Carroll County commissioner seat, Asha Kenney is not seeking reelection, but has filed to be a candidate for register of deeds.
Commission Chairman Dave Sorensen of Eaton Center and District 2 Commissioner Dave Babson of Ossipee filed a complaint June 4 in Carroll Superior Court alleging that Kenney engaged in “repeated conduct unbecoming of an elect (sic) public official, unethical, unprofessional and unrepresentative of the will of the board of the Carroll County commissioners.”
The complaint further alleges that Kenney, the wife of First District Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, continually and unceasingly insulted, threatened and ridiculed county employees, vendors and contractors and that her actions were wilful and were intended to cause injury. Babson and Sorensen also cited Kenney for “continued and selectively releasing information” from non-public sessions of the county commission.
In an email this week to the Union Leader, Kenney said Babson and Sorensen represented “a clique who do not like that I have found stuff about the county like audits have never been done since 2010 and yet they claimed it was done.”
Her colleagues, Kenney said, “consistently have discussions without me and thus violate the RTK (New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know law). I cannot work to represent the voters if two of the commissioners always vote against me if I ask for a policy or how contracts came about.”
The Wakefield Republican was elected to a four-year term on the three-member county commission in 2010.
Sorensen and Babson are asking a judge to “remove Commissioner Kenney from office immediately” and in support of their request they attached a letter read into the record at the June 4 county commission meeting by Deborah Newlin, who works in the county’s Human Resources department.
Newlin wrote that after the May 28 county commission meeting, Kenney came to see her in her office and later went to the county’s business office where she allegedly delivered a 45-minute “tirade” against her.
“In the course of this tirade, Mrs. Kenney stated that I have a twin sister who is in prison for life on death row for murdering her mother-in-law by stabbing her in the neck. Mrs. Kenney went so far as to show staff members a picture she had on a cell phone, which she claimed is a picture of my twin, and asked staff ‘See, doesn’t that look just like her? Mrs. Kenney then told staff that she is afraid to have me upstairs and afraid of what I might do. She further claimed that my husband got me pregnant at the same time his ex-wife was pregnant. She stated that I also have a brother who is no good. She then stated I have a daughter working as a prostitute in California.”
Identifying herself as a resident and taxpayer of Carroll County as well as a registered Republican, Newlin asked Kenney to apologize to her and her family and then to submit her voluntary resignation “effective immediately.”
Kenney has pointed out that Babson and Sorensen were unsuccessful in two previous attempts to remove her.
In her email to the Union Leader, Kenney noted that Babson “...for some time has decided to misuse our crowded court system which should be reserved for criminal matters to resolve his personal and political issues with me. I have been a strong watchdog for ethical government practices and he should take his issues to the voters if he disagrees, not misuse our court system for his own political gain.”