, Derry, New Hampshire


December 5, 2013

Derry councilors try to find common ground

Fractured group finds little common ground

DERRY — Town councilors want to find common ground when it’s time to hire a new town administrator.

Some say it’s possible; others aren’t too sure.

The often divided seven-member group held a goals workshop last week to talk about priorities and what the focus should be for Derry’s next leader.

Former administrator John Anderson has a court date of Dec. 13 after being charged this summer with indecent exposure and lewdness. The town officially cut ties with Anderson in October and did not renew his contract.

No official search has started to find a replacement.

The workshop was planned to highlight town goals councilors may want to include in their search for a new administrator.

Facilitators were Carl Webber and Jen Claise of the New Hampshire Public Risk Management Exchange, Primex.

Primex has worked with Derry since the late 1970s, offering support with workers compensation, unemployment programs, and other municipal programs and support. The workshop support was covered under the regular contract.

Primex facilitated a similar goals workshop in 2009.

Some councilors want to work better together and put that at the top of the goals list.

“To be friends, no fighting, no name calling,” Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said.

Other ideas included better marketing strategies for the town, lowering taxes, and creating a better relationship between town and school district.

The group narrowly agreed on three issues: getting Derry’s town and school tax rate under control; economic development; and supporting the town’s business environment.

A few days after the workshop, Town Councilor Brad Benson said there was little discussion about the administrator search process.

“We did discuss goals, but did not discuss our vision of a new town administrator,” he said.

Town Councilor Tom Cardon said he thought Webber did a good job of keeping the group focused.

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