New Hampshire watchdog awarded $40K after arrest at a public meeting

Jeffrey Clay, a prominent local government watchdog in southern New Hampshire, was awarded more than $40,000 by a federal judge following a disorderly conduct arrest at an Alton selectmen’s meeting in February 2015.

Clay, 57, of Alton, was arrested during the public input portion of the meeting after asking all of the selectmen to resign because of their “poor decisions.”

His remarks were deemed to be “character assassination” by Selectman David Hussey. Clay was arrested by Police Chief Ryan Heath after continuing to request resignation following the selectmen voting to close public input. Continue…