Strafford County Sheriff Mark Brave Faces Criminal investigation by NH Attorney General

June 28, 2023

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has opened a criminal investigation into Strafford County Sheriff Mark Brave for violations of state law on the job, including theft, falsification of official matters and abuse of office.

The AG’s office and Brave both confirmed the investigation Tuesday.

Brave, who has not been charged with a crime, denied any wrongdoing.

Brave was elected as the state’s first Black sheriff in November 2020, sworn into office in January 2021, and reelected to a second two-year term in 2022. In confirming the investigation against him, Brave said the Strafford County commissioners want him gone because he doesn’t do things the way they expect.