Attorney General Gordon MacDonald was right to step in last week to try to bring some order to the chaos taking place in the office of Hillsborough County Attorney Michael Conlon. Conlon never should have sought an office for which he was so ill-prepared, and the voters never should have chosen him.
The lack of confidence law enforcement has in the county’s chief law enforcement officer and his office is more than a little troubling.
It undermines the confidence that the public expects and requires.
MacDonald is the state’s chief law enforcement officer. He has plenty on his plate already and we can guess he was reluctant to take on more. But the Hillsborough County situation was spiraling out of control.
The last straw was Manchester’s police chief and staff expressing no confidence in Conlon’s office after a toddler’s death resulted in a lame plea-bargain.
That came after criticism from other departments, including Merrimack, where the police wonder why Conlon’s office was bothering to interfere with small-time animal abuse cases.
Conlon should have taken MacDonald’s suggestion that he step down. Instead, he will either take oversight from the AG’s office or be seen as a further disrupter.
Either way, however, the police and public should be reassured that order has been restored.
And when the attorney general takes care of that matter, can he let the public know he is watching Merrimack County as well?
Concord’s police chief has expressed concern over the rapid turnover and unrest in County Attorney Robin Davis’ office.
Meanwhile, the county’s longtime sheriff, Scott Hilliard, remains on the job while facing an aggravated drunk driving charge.
Public confidence can’t be too high in that county these days.