Brian Chirichiello served on the Derry Town Council for nine years and is a state representative. He asked several questions and said he was most impressed with Brown’s qualifications.
“He did impress me with some of his answers and I like the fact that he could navigate through the political process and get the job done,” he said.
Chirichiello went through an administrator search process three times while serving on the Town Council.
This time, councilors decided to do the search themselves, rather than hire an outside firm.
Chirichiello said he may have expected more from a field of 76 if a professional hiring company had been used.
“In all fairness, I really didn’t get to see how the Council went through the process and how they did a thorough background check in such a quick timeframe,” he said.
Resident Walter Deyo also asked several questions, including asking Brown why he wanted to leave his current job.
Brown said he was ready for a change.
“Freetown and I are not a good fit,” he said.
That town is governed by a small board of selectmen.
“That provides a fair level of frustration for someone like me used to managing resources,” Brown said.
He said he isn’t afraid to make tough calls.
“I will never sell the community out for the sake of myself,” Brown said.
Resident John Burtis said the town is tired of administrator problems and wants to get it right this time.
“We’re weary of administrators not setting the proper example,” he said. “An administrator has to lead by example, keep his word and stick to his contract.”
Burtis said he was impressed with Brown’s qualifications. He also appreciated the way councilors handled the search process.
“I applaud the way Town Council has gone about this,” he said.