Gatsas selects Emily Gray Rice to lead city solicitor officeUnion Leader staff
July 10. 2017 10:16AM
MANCHESTER - Mayor Ted Gatsas has nominated former U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice to take over as Manchester’s interim city solicitor.
Gatsas announced the nomination Monday in a letter to the Board of Aldermen, which he asked to support Rice during a phone poll that would allow her to take over immediately rather than wait for the next board meeting.
Gatsas said having a candidate of Rice’s caliber is a great opportunity for the city.
Veteran solicitor Tom Clark abruptly resigned at the end of June after New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald detailed his office’s review of the decisions made by one of Clark’s prosecutors in numerous cases involving domestic assault or abuse.
Gatsas said in his nomination that Rice will be given the administrative authority of a city department head. Upon her confirmation, Gatsas said he would no longer have administrative authority over the solicitor’s office.
“Given the circumstances within the City Solicitor’s Office and the timelines set forth by the Attorney General’s Office with regards to the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit, it is imperative that we place the necessary leadership within the office immediately,” Gatsas wrote.