Merrimack County prosecutor named U.S. Attorney for N.H.

  • The Merrimack County Courthouse in Concord is seen on Thursday, March 31, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz

By Monitor staff
Friday, February 16, 2018

Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray is confirmed to be the next U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire.

President Donald Trump nominated Murray in November and his appointment was approved by the full Senate this week. The U.S. attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Hampshire.

Gov. Chris Sununu recommended Murray for the job last year.

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan each congratulated Murray in statements Friday morning. Both spoke about the importance of the position in New Hampshire, and said they look forward to learning more about how Murray would prioritize efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

“Scott Murray has a long history of service to the City of Concord and Merrimack County, and I was proud to support his confirmation for this new position,” Hassan said.

Murray is currently serving his fourth consecutive two-year term as Merrimack County attorney. Voters first elected Murray to the position in November 2010, after he had spent decades as Concord’s city prosecutor. When he was hired in 1983, Murray was the city’s lone attorney.

Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire and stayed to get his master’s degree in public administration. He went on to study at Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, and worked at the state Department of Safety while earning his law degree.

Murray succeeds Emily Gray Rice who resigned in March after Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought the resignation of 46 federal prosecutors who had served under the Obama administration. Rice held the job for just over a year and is now the top attorney for the city of Manchester.