During the council meeting last week, Chirichiello asked why only Osborne and Dimmock met with Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith and Town Councilor John Farrell.
Osborne defended the meeting, saying it was an informal discussion to talk about that town’s recent search for its new leader and to get Londonderry officials’ thoughts on the process.
“We were simply on a fact-finding mission,” he said. “We were not binding the town to any commitments, we were not signing contracts or legal documents. Mr. Dimmock and I do not constitute a quorum and we weren’t deciding or transacting official town business with the town of Londonderry.”
Osborne also acknowledged he has eaten out with both Dimmock and Coyle.
“I think very well of Kevin and Al, and thus have dined with each of them on several occasions, and I will continue to do so,” he said. “Town councilors are not islands among themselves.”
Coyle said, in the end, he just wants Derry to have the best leader.
“Apparently, some people think that just because I’ve said I’m interested in the job, that I’m automatically going to get it,” he said. “Just like everyone else who applies, I’m going to have to go through the process. In the end, I just want the best possible administrator for Derry.”
Derry has been without an administrator since last summer, following the arrest of former leader John Anderson, now waiting to go on trial to face indecent exposure charges following an alleged incident at his Lane Road home.
Councilors were divided over how to best proceed with the search for Anderson’s replacement. Some said it was best to hire an outside firm to conduct the search. Others wanted to keep the process in house to save taxpayers money. The last administrator search cost the town $15,000.