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Dave Tencza: Protecting NH's most vulnerable

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent

January 21. 2016 3:31PM

Dave Tencza, 35


Home: Nashua

Birthplace: Worcester, Mass.

Family: Wife, Andrea (LaMontagne) Tencza; son, Luke, 5; and daughter, Maeve, 3.

High school: Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester, Mass.

College/post grad degrees: Saint Anselm College (class of 2002), Suffolk University Law School (evening division, class of 2007)

Current job: Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney

Volunteer activities: Nashua Democratic City Committee (chair, 2011-present), Greater Nashua Little League (coach, T-ball).

Last major achievement: Being part of the team that successfully launched the Hillsborough County Superior Court Adult Drug Court from September 2014 through the present.

Biggest problem facing New Hampshire: I think the heroin epidemic is the most immediate problem facing New Hampshire because of the strain it is putting on so many local resources. This crisis has also exposed a lot of weaknesses in the social services system throughout the state dealing with everything from mental health and substance abuse services to a lack of affordable housing.

Favorite place in New Hampshire: Jenness State Beach in Rye or Greenfield State Park.

What book are you reading now? “Backyard Ice Rink: A Step-by-Step Guide for Building Your Own Hockey Rink at Home” by Joe Proulx (of Bedford).

How do you relax? I like to spend a lot of time with friends and family. The good thing about being with my kids is that they don’t let me focus on anything but them, so it helps to clear my head. I also like to golf.

What websites do you visit most often? Mostly news and political websites. I read the local news papers regularly and also fivethirtyeight.com and realclearpolitics.com.

NASHUA — Dave Tencza has been selected as a Forty Under 40 honoree by the New Hampshire Union Leader for 2016 because of his commitment to seeking justice and successfully prosecuting felony offenses.

Tencza, 35, is an assistant Hillsborough County attorney. His job entails managing a high-volume caseload of felony-level offenses while ensuring that each case is resolved appropriately.

“I find this work very meaningful. I get to work collaboratively with other lawyers and help victims through the criminal side of the legal process,” said Tencza. “Our goal is to do justice, especially for first-time offenders. We need to create a sense of fairness and motivation for these individuals so that they do not come back.”

In 2014, Tencza helped launch the first Hillsborough County Superior Court Adult Drug Court.

“I think the heroin epidemic is the most immediate problem facing New Hampshire because of the strain it is putting on so many local resources,” he said. “This crisis has also exposed a lot of weaknesses in the social services system throughout the state, dealing with everything from mental health and substance abuse services to a lack of affordable housing.”

Tencza is a graduate of Saint Anselm College and Suffolk University Law School.

State Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, one of the individuals who nominated Tencza as a Forty Under 40 candidate, said Tencza works to protect the most vulnerable people in the Nashua area, including children. “Because of his interest in cyber-related investigations, Dave has attended trainings throughout the country on the subject, and has prosecuted several cases involving Internet solicitation of minors and possession of child sexual abuse images,” said Rosenwald.

According to Rosenwald, Tencza is dedicated to alternative sentencing programs that help increase public safety, reduce recidivism in the criminal justice system and get people addicted to drugs the critical help they need.

Tencza also serves as chairman of the Nashua Democratic City Committee, a position he has held since 2011.

When he isn’t handling his normal caseload or additional drug court cases, Tencza volunteers as a T-ball coach for the Greater Nashua Little League. He is also an active member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Nashua Bar Association.

He and his wife, Andrea LaMontagne Tencza, have two children, ages 3 and 5.

“The good thing about being with my kids is that they don’t let me focus on anything but them, so it helps clear my head,” he said of children Luke and Maeve.


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