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November 14, 2013

Town Council divided on administrator search

Some want search firm to find leader, others don't

DERRY — As a former town leader awaits a December court date, it’s time to begin the search for his replacement.

Town councilors want to start the process to choose Derry’s next town administrator. That may take time as the often divided group has differing opinions on how to move forward.

The town officially cut its ties with John Anderson last month in the wake of indecent exposure and lewdness charges brought against him in August.

Anderson had been on administrative leave since July 12, a day after an alleged incident at his Lane Road home involving a satellite TV salesman.

He waived his arraignment on Oct. 11 in 10th Circuit Court and remains free on $2,000 personal recognizance. A court date has been set for Dec. 13 in 10th Circuit Court.

His last official day on the job was Oct. 26.

Now, the Town Council wants to get started on the search for Anderson’s replacement.

Acting Town Manager Larry Budreau said the last four administrator searches were handled by an outside recruiting firm.

Some council members believe that is the right way to proceed, but others said the council could do a proper search and save the town some money.

Budreau said the last administrator search cost Derry $15,000.

“The search firm gathers information and compiles it into what we want,” Town Council Chairman Michael Fairbanks said. “If we do it ourselves, how would we pull it together?”

Councilor Mark Osborne said he wants to handle the search process internally and make it as public as possible.

“There are all kinds of web searches for jobs,” he said. “This is one of the things we were elected to do, and try and save the taxpayers money while looking for a town administrator. We don’t need a far-off agency telling us what we need.”

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