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May 13, 2010

Coyle to leave town — and council

DERRY — Town Councilor Kevin Coyle said the time is right to leave Derry and its politics.

Coyle has his North Shore home on the market and plans to move to Londonderry once it is sold. He was elected to the council in 2006. His current term is set to expire in 2012.

He has lived in Derry since he was 5 years old; he and his wife are both graduates of Pinkerton Academy.

While leaving Derry may be difficult, leaving Derry's town politics will be a blessing, he said.

"Town government is not something I have enjoyed," he said. "People are just mean."

Coyle and fellow councilor Janet Fairbanks often found themselves on the short end of council votes. The pair brought a lawsuit against the full council in early April, claiming the council held an illegal meeting behind closed doors March 30 to discuss hiring a search firm to find a replacement for Town Administrator Gary Stenhouse.

At that time, Coyle said he believed the council was divided to the point of being detrimental to conducting town business.

"We are a lot like Congress; no one is willing to work with the other side to see merit in someone else's position," he said. "You can only bang your head against the wall so many times until you get a brain injury."

Thursday, Coyle stressed he won't be leaving town until his Derry home sells.

If he resigns his position as councilor, Derry's charter gives a majority vote to the council to find his replacement.

"But who knows?" he said. "I might be here until my term expires."

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