, Derry, New Hampshire


May 8, 2014

Derry councilors tackle search timeline


Councilors gave that role to Fischer.

As the timeline moves forward, Fischer suggested narrowing the field to a certain number of finalists. Eventually, he said, councilors should get the town’s staff, administrators and even the community involved to submit concerns or questions to the final few.

The finalists will be chosen in June. Fischer wants those finalists announced by June 17, and the “stakeholder” forums — including town staff and community members — could follow as they, too, have a vested interest in who becomes the next town administrator.

“The community would have the opportunity to ask finalists questions as well and give written feedback (to council),” he said.

Council Chairman Mark Osborne said potential candidates’ names will remain confidential until any finalists are publicly announced.

“We should and will keep candidates’ names confidential, I think legally we must,” he said.

Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said the search timeline had many nonpublic meetings on the schedule.

“We have put a lot of work and effort into this,” she said. “But so many nonpublics. Is it necessary to do everything behind closed doors?”

Osborne said Fischer’s timeline is a solid one and would keep the group on track.

“We’re moving along in the town administrator search,” he said. “That’s a good thing.”

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