, Derry, New Hampshire

August 8, 2013

Anderson case goes to Reams

County attorney: Decision soon whether to charge Derry's town administrator

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie and Julie Huss
Staff writers

---- — DERRY — The decision whether to file any charges against Town Administrator John Anderson now lies with the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

“The case is done from our end of it, it’s been submitted to the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office,” said New Hampshire State Police Capt. David Parenteau, the commander of the state police Investigative Services Section. “I’m not in a position to make any specific comments on the case at this point, other than to say it’s been concluded and it’s now under review at the county attorney. As soon as that’s done, we should have an answer as to whether there will be any charges filed or not.”

County attorney Jim Reams said Monday evening his office received the state police file Friday and he hopes to have a decision whether to file charges this week or next.

Anderson has been on paid administrative leave since July 12, a day after a citizen went to Derry police with a complaint about an incident that allegedly took place a night earlier at Anderson’s Derry home.

To avoid any conflict of interest — or appearance thereof — state police were asked to investigate.

The Town Council met in nonpublic session for less than an hour July 12 before emerging and voting, 7-0, to place Anderson on leave. They also named Larry Budreau, who’s the human resources director and assistant administrator, as acting town administrator.

Anderson, 50, makes $124,962 a year. He was chosen from a field of 121 candidates in October 2010. Prior to taking the top Derry job, he was town manager in Boothbay, Maine, for 10 years.

Town councilors appear satisfied with how the investigation is progressing and Budreau’s temporary role at the helm.

“I think it’s been hard,” Town Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said Tuesday. “I don’t think Derry deserves this bad publicity.”

Katsakiores said she won’t make any judgment until she knows the facts. She gave Anderson high marks for his performance leading Derry.

“Larry is doing the best job he can,” she said. “He is working vary hard to keep the morale up.”

Town Councilor Tom Cardon said he is happy with the town’s performance while Anderson is on leave.

“I have confidence in Larry Budreau’s skills as an administrator and confidence in our support staff,” he said.

He said he admires his fellow councilors for their positive attitude and hard work.

“When something unfortunate like this happens, you remember what you were elected for and you keep the town’s best interests in mind,” he said.