, Derry, New Hampshire


March 27, 2014

Derry councilors will search for administrator without help

Former councilor says he's interested in top position


Last week, Osborne asked the new Town Council how they wanted to move forward. Opinions were still split.

“I’m in favor of a search agency,” Fischer said. “It’s just very important and critical to the residents of Derry that you have a pool of candidates worthy of consideration.”

Bourdon said although using a search firm would be easier, the job could be done internally. Dimmock said he wants to save the town money.

“We have a pretty poor reputation for picking the right person,” he said. “I’m also a cheapskate and I don’t like spending money. I can’t recommend a search firm.”

Fairbanks said he saw advantages to both approaches, but he was willing to try to do the search without using an outside company.

Osborne suggested creating a smaller, three-member subcommittee to do more detailed search work, but he didn’t find much support for that idea.

“To allow three people to do our job, I would never support,” Katsakiores said.

Fischer agreed.

“We either do it all together or we don’t,” he said.

Osborne said any final decisions would be made by the entire board.

It’s been months since the town cut ties with former Derry administrator John Anderson. Town councilors are finally focusing on a potential list of what qualifications they want to see in his replacement.

Councilors met Jan. 28 to discuss that list.

“What we are trying to do is draw a picture,” acting town administrator Larry Budreau said. “Hiring someone is not an easy chore. The process can be very taxing.”

Budreau went over a long list of qualifications that might bring Derry the best possible candidate to take over as administrator.

That included education, track record and experience dealing with public and private sectors, community presence, success dealing with business owners and residents, management skills, personal attributes, and a drive to help the community grow and prosper.

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