DERRY — Town councilors gave the deputy treasurer the top job of handling Derry’s money.
At its meeting Oct. 16, councilors appointed deputy Robert Gorham as the town treasurer.
He replaces longtime treasurer Rita Correia, who retired recently.
Gorham has served as deputy for many years and will serve out the remainder of Correia’s term through March 2013.
In September, voters approved a town charter change making the town treasurer position an appointed job rather than elected.
Correia had served in the job for more than 25 years. During her time she has been both appointed and elected.
She said making the job an appointed position would give the town a better sense of security when so much money is at stake.
“When you appoint someone, you have a resume and are capable of doing the job,” she said.
Officials said Gorham is the perfect person to be treasurer.
“I think Mr. Gorham will do an excellent job,” Council Chairman Brad Benson said.
Chief Financial Officer Frank Childs will serve as deputy treasurer under Gorham.