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April 11, 2013

Search still on for new Londonderry leader

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“Council will get the information this week and will then start reviewing,” she said.

Pratt said she would help during the review and hiring process. Councilors will narrow the list down to their top candidates and then do extensive interviews.

Farrell said the town hopes to have a new manager in place this summer.

“July 1 is our target date,” he said.

Officials will also consider the future of another job — fire chief — but are not looking just yet.

“We have not begun a search,” Farrell said.

Pratt said the fire chief’s job has not been advertised.

Until then, Battalion Chief Darren O’Brien continues to serve as the department’s interim chief. He replaced Chief Kevin MacCaffrie, who retired in March. O’Brien, 47, has served Londonderry’s fire department since he was 19.

Dolan said everyone is extremely happy with O’Brien’s work as acting chief, another example of having someone take the lead when there is an open position and doing it well.

Dolan said it would be best to have the new town manager in place before filling any other key management positions, including fire chief.

“He or she can then have an active role in the selection,” he said.

Both Hart and O’Brien are to be commended for their commitment during the transition, Dolan said.

“This is a tribute to the second team that has stepped up and kept things moving,” he said.

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