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August 22, 2013

Town leader put on unpaid leave

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“Larry is doing an extraordinary job,” he said, “all this while being a consummate professional in dealing with an issue that involves someone Larry both worked for, as well as very closely with. I do not envy his position in this.”

Wetherbee said the town doesn’t deserve this kind of publicity.

Town Councilor Mark Osborne said he wants to continue business as usual and serve the town.

“All I can say for the moment is that I, in my capacity as one of seven councilors, am working very hard to balance citizen concerns with proper due process toward Mr. Anderson,” Osborne said.

Town Councilor Tom Cardon said he knows difficult decisions will be coming.

“It’s important to keep in mind that it’s going to take some time before we get to normal,” he said, “and I want people to know that we have a process to go through and to be patient with us. We want to do what is right so the town can put this behind us.”

Coyle said he thought Anderson was “spiraling” for the past six months.

“To the point that I had to have a frank conversation with him in April in hopes of avoiding embarrassment for Derry,” Coyle said. “Clearly, he didn’t heed my advice.”

Anderson could face up to a year in jail if convicted on each of the two misdemeanor charges he faces, Rockingham County Attorney James Reams said.

Coyle called Anderson “another public official embarrassment” for Derry.

“Having lived here for 40 years, I know there have been many,” he said.

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