The administrative leave took effect immediately. Anderson was not at the emergency council meeting.
Budreau, who has worked for the town for seven and a half years, was named assistant town administrator in October 2011. Prior to the council creating that position, Budreau had served as acting administrator in Anderson’s absence — and in prior administrations.
Asked whether the investigation was criminal in nature, Budreau declined to comment. But state police only investigate crime.
“The state police are involved because the Derry police Chief (Edward Garone) determined that he would have the appearance of a conflict of interest because he is subordinate to the town administrator,” Budreau said.
But Budreau didn’t say how the Town Council became aware of the investigation, nor whether a complaint was brought to the council or to Derry police.
All seven members of the Town Council were present for the emergency meeting last week. When they emerged from the meeting room, all declined comment, referring all questions to Budreau.
Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores, who has missed the last four or five meetings due to health issues, was there Friday, using a wheelchair. Kasakiores has participated in previous meetings by phone, but made her first appearance in more than a month for the meeting about Anderson.
Anderson ruffled a lot of feathers earlier this year when he proposed closing East Derry’s beloved Taylor Library to save the town $176,000. Public outcry was swift and furious. Councilors voted down Anderson’s proposal.
Shortly thereafter, Anderson annoyed some others in town when he balked at a suggestion the Derry Farmers Market funding be cut dramatically. That budget was ultimately cut by about 75 percent.
Budreau reiterated it was “business as usual” at the municipal center this week.
“I will be performing the duties of town administrator in an acting capacity until further notice from the Town Council,” he said. “I do not anticipate any disruption of these functions or services.”