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October 17, 2013

Town administrator waives arraignment

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Councilors met with Anderson and his attorney for nearly two hours behind closed doors Sept. 11 without taking any action.

Budreau would only say at the time that Anderson was “eager to come back” and that Anderson’s employment and criminal case were separate issues.

It was the first meeting between the council and Anderson since his arrest. Anderson and his lawyer slipped in and out of the Municipal Center virtually unnoticed.

Rosenberg, an attorney with the law firm Shaheen and Gordon, notified the court he be would representing Anderson instead of attorney Cornelius Sullivan.

No reason for the change was stated in court documents.

Rosenberg could not be reached for comment.

Anderson’s three-year contract ends Oct. 25. If he is fired “for cause” before then, he is entitled to six months of severance pay, according to his contract. He does not receive that pay otherwise.

“Cause” includes being convicted of a felony and gross negligence in carrying out his employment obligations. Anderson, town administrator since 2010, earns $124,962 a year.

Anderson was initially on paid leave, then placed on unpaid leave by the Town Council following a unanimous vote Aug. 20.

He surrendered to authorities Aug. 28, nearly two weeks after an arrest warrant was issued by state police. He remains free on $2,000 personal recognizance. No further court hearings have been scheduled.

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