DERRY — The year brought new faces to the Town Council, many split votes and divided meetings, and a former town administrator in trouble with the law.
Volunteerism was out in force during tough times, while businesses and organizations remained committed to helping those who struggle all year long.
Derry found a new Boston Post Cane recipient and almost lost a beloved library. The farmers market went off on its own, finding a new location in East Derry after splitting ties with the town. A local football field found enlightenment for the first time and residents took a stand to fight Dumpster Depot moving to Derry.
Here are some of the top Derry stories in the news this year.
Anderson leaves under cloud
Town Administrator John Anderson was charged in July with two counts of lewd behavior and indecent exposure following an alleged incident at his East Derry home involving a satellite TV salesman.
He was put on administrative leave July 12, one day after that alleged incident.
The Anderson case kept town councilors tight-lipped for months about what was going on, or what direction they would take concerning Anderson’s relationship with the town.
Most councilors did remain quiet about Anderson details, but some spoke out about how the community was handling the case.
Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said during that time that many people were concerned that Town Council meetings about Anderson had been held behind closed doors.
“Many think they should be more open,” she said. “They are not happy at all. They think there is just too much secrecy.”
Anderson, who earned $124,962 as town administrator, was awarded more than $40,000 in severance pay by the town at the time his contract was not renewed in October.
He had been Derry’s town administrator since October 2010. He was previously the town administrator in Boothbay, Maine.