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March 27, 2014

Letters to the editor


Derry News

---- — Coup d’état expected from Derry council

To the editor:

Choo, choo. Did anyone else hear the train rolling up the old rail trail and directly into the Derry Municipal Center a couple Tuesdays ago? That was the Town Council Express railroading one of the most absurd decisions they’ve made to date (and there have been many) and shoving it right down our throats.

Opting not to hire an outside search firm to impartially evaluate possible town administrator candidates is, in my opinion, reckless, irresponsible and fraught with the potential for bias, nepotism, cronyism and back-door dealings.

I found it amusing that the new council chairman, obsessed with public input, suddenly didn’t want to hear what the community thought of this ill-advised scheme.

I was also surprised that no alumni from the Fairbanks School for Conspiracy Fabrication bolted to the dais in opposition of this misguided initiative. But, then I realized that most were already on the short list for the vacancy.

Observing Mr. Osborne and Mr. Dimmock “cramming for the exam” while dining together in a remote corner of T-Bones the night before the last council meeting only added to my fears for preconception … or were they just celebrating St. Patrick’s Day together? Yeah, that’s it. They might want to hold such meetings in private in the future so that the citizens of the town can continue to delude themselves into thinking that each and every councilor is master of their own convictions.

To think that the council majority, distinguished for its blaring dysfunction of late, could ever possibly conduct an effective, thorough, professional, ethical and unbiased executive search is simply just another example of that dysfunction.

Citing the cost of hiring a professional search firm as the reason for not using one is just a smokescreen, folks, and I hope the citizens of Derry are as incensed as I am about the coup d’état that is about to occur. We need to derail this train. If you’re “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore,” contact me at takebackderry@gmail.com.

Michael Gendron

Derry

Something doesn’t smell right in Derry

To the editor:

It just doesn’t smell right.

You know when something just doesn’t smell right that something bad is about to happen. Months ago, I emailed the whole Derry Town Council and told them that I heard a rumor that Kevin Coyle wanted to be our next town administrator and that they better think seriously about not putting Coyle in that position.

I then provided a link about the recent hiring of Bedford’s newly hired administrator and his superior qualifications. I recommended they hire someone with similar background and experience. Why my concern? Well, I know that Coyle is good friends with many of the sitting councilors and would be able to “sway” his friends. We already know he meets regularly with Councilor Osborne mostly at a local Mexican restaurant usually right after council meetings. There, Kevin gives instructions to his friend on town business.

Then at the council meeting of March 18, I spoke at a public forum in which I asked about a secret meeting between Derry councilors and the town of Londonderrys’ town manager and councilor chairman there. Osborne did admit that he and Dimmock did in fact meet with Londonderry officials and was there to see how things were going in Londonderry. (I also believe these two councilors went on their own and without the rest of the council knowing which is problematic.)

I surmise that they went to Londonderry to see how they hired someone with little or no experience in public administration because they already are working on getting Coyle the $125,000 top job and will point to our sister town as a way to justify their pick. It’s ironic that now these two councilors are now chairman and chairman pro-tem.

The cat is now out of the bag, in the open and transparent now and Coyle has admitted he will put in his resume. The council has decided not to acquire a professional search firm to help get a qualified candidate and all that’s left is for Coyle’s friends to twist the arms of one of the two new councilors to go along with the plan.

This just doesn’t smell right. Derry residents deserve better and need to call all the councilors and demand they find someone who is properly qualified to run the fourth largest municipality in New Hampshire. Coyle does not have any public administrative background and has never run town with a $40 million budget and 250-plus employees. We must demand better and hold these councilors accountable if they do hire Coyle.

Derry deserves a better and transparent process in hiring its next administrator and now is the time for residents to chime in before it’s too late.

Email them all at towncouncil@derrynh.org and tell them you’re watching.

Brian Chirichiello

Derry