, Derry, New Hampshire


June 12, 2014

Derry councilors tackle administrator search

DERRY — The search continues for the town’s next leader.

Town councilors announced they have received 76 resumes for the town administrator position.

The deadline to apply was June 1.

The group has been reviewing the resumes as they were received.

“We’ve been going through them for quite some time and are pleased with the work we are doing,” Council Chairman Mark Osborne said.

Earlier in the process, Councilor David Fischer suggested the group follow a strict timeline for getting certain tasks done as far as the search.

Nonpublic meetings are underway as the group reviews its list of candidates.

At an earlier meeting, Fischer said June would be a busy month, and there should be times when applications are made available to councilors in chambers.

Councilors can then go in, read the applications and rate them according to how they view experience level, and if this person might be the right fit for Derry.

Members would keep their own sheets with their own remarks and views on potential candidates.

The group will hold nonpublic sessions to discuss their opinions and give feedback.

A list of questions will be formed to use in the selection process as the field of candidates is narrowed.

Fischer was also named the process facilitator to help move the progress ahead.

Once finalists are named, Fischer suggested putting “stakeholder” forums into place to include town staff and community members who could have a vested interest in who becomes Derry’s next town administrator.

The public is also invited to submit comments or questions they want councilors to ask applicants.

Osborne said anyone interested in being on a “citizens review” committee could contact him for information.

That keeps the process transparent, he said, and gives the community input into the eventual end result of who gets the job.

More nonpublic sessions to discuss the administrator search are scheduled for this month.

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