, Derry, New Hampshire

March 27, 2014

Derry town councilors choose new leader

Dimmock remains as vice chairman

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — The Town Council has a new leader.

Mark Osborne is the new chairman and Al Dimmock remains as vice chairman.

At a meeting March 18, councilors gave the leadership job to Osborne after former chairman Michael Fairbanks said he did not want to serve in that role again.

“This past year, we had a lot of challenges, but I think we did all right,” Fairbanks said. “I also think we should rotate (the chairman position) every year.”

Osborne thanked Fairbanks for his leadership service and his “continuing open door policy” through an often turbulent, transitional year.

“You made it look a lot easier than it is,” Osborne said.

As chairman, Osborne said, he hoped to do a good job and invited community members or town staff to give him input on his performance.

“If there is an area where I need to step up, let me know and I’ll take your advice,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do and I assure you, we are going to get it done.”

That includes hiring a new town administrator and working on a town blight ordinance, he said, two of his top priorities.

Osborne said all councilors are equal on the job and no one is any more important than another.

“There is no captain on this ship, we are all the same,” he said. “We need to row together or we’ll sink.”

Councilors were also appointed to serve as liaisons to various town boards and the School Board.

Tom Cardon will serve as Town Council representative on the Conservation Commission, Downtown Committee, at Taylor Library, and on the Energy/Environmental Advisory Committee.

Osborne will represent the council on the Finance Committee and Audit Committee; Fairbanks will be part of the Planning Board, Audit Committee, and Southern N.H. Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid District.

Dimmock will be liaison to Public Works and Safety Department. Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores will serve as Heritage Commission liaison and also will serve the Derry Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Joshua Bourdon will represent the council on the Human Services Council and as the legislative delegation representative. David Fischer will be part of the Derry Public Library Council and also will represent the council at Derry School Board meetings.