Councilors Neil Wetherbee and Brad Benson will not seek re-election.
But Budreau said it was time to get started and he hoped to attract a broad group of candidates who might want the Derry job.
It could take a long time.
“Nothing will begin to happen with hiring a town administrator for months,” Budreau said. “We planned it, we’ve put it off, we’ll have plenty of time once a new council sits. It would be a shame, in my opinion, to stall this process.”
Councilor Tom Cardon said the process was long overdue and should have started months ago.
One point councilors agreed on was whether the next administrator should be required to live in town. The consensus was that a new leader should not have to be a Derry resident.
“Where he or she lives is not going to matter,” Councilor Mark Osborne said.
Budreau said having a rated list of potential qualifications is a good beginning.
“We needed to get a sense of what kind of candidate we wanted,” he said. “And I’d like to keep the ball rolling.”
Councilors will continue the town administrator search discussion at a meeting Feb. 18.