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February 28, 2013

Councilors table treasurer talk until March

DERRY — Town councilors tabled a discussion on filling the town treasurer job until next month.

Acting town treasurer Robert Gorham will continue in the role through the end of June.

In October, councilors named deputy treasurer Gorham as the town’s treasurer to carry out longtime treasurer Rita Correia’s term through March of 2013.

Correia announced her retirement last year after 25 years on the job.

Voters in town also approved a charter change, making the treasurer’s job an appointed rather than elected position. That change goes into effect March 13.

Councilors decided to wait until their next meeting to make a decision on the treasurer position to make sure everything is done legally before the charter change officially becomes town law.

“I want to make sure what we’re doing, we’re doing correctly,” Town Council Chairman Brad Benson said.

Town Administrator John Anderson said Gorham has agreed to remain on the job through June 30 of this year. After that, Anderson said, he hopes to make current tax collector Dawn Enwright the new town treasurer pending council approval.

“In order to align the appointment of the town’s next treasurer with the beginning of fiscal year 2014, treasurer Robert Gorham has agreed to continue in the position until June 30,” Anderson said. “Prior to June 30, based in large part upon the recommendation of Frank Childs, chief financial officer, and after completing research regarding the practice of other large New Hampshire municipalities and thoroughly vetting the plan with the town’s auditors I anticipate appointing Dawn Enwright, tax collector, to the position of tax collector/treasurer effective July 1, 2013, subject to council approval.

Anderson said Gorham has done a good job in the treasurer role and waiting until after June 30 will also give Enwright more time to become familiar with the added treasurer duties if she is appointed.

Enwright came to Derry last November to begin her job as tax collector. She was chosen from a field of about 30 candidates. She previously worked as a trust accountant for the city of Nashua, where she spent more than 20 years in various roles.

The council will continue its treasurer discussion at the next meeting March 5.

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