DERRY — It’s business as usual at the town municipal center with one exception — the town’s top administrator is under investigation by the New Hampshire State Police.
Town Administrator John Anderson was placed on paid administrative leave late Friday, pending the outcome of that investigation. That means Anderson will continue to collect his salary of nearly $125,000.
The Town Council met in an emergency nonpublic session for about 45 minutes that day and unanimously passed three resolutions, all about Anderson.
The first was to put Anderson on leave. The second was to appoint Larry Budreau, human resources director and assistant town administrator, as acting town administrator. The third resolution was to appoint Budreau as the “sole spokesperson for the town of Derry” regarding Anderson’s situation.
“Certain allegations involving the town administrator have been brought to the town’s attention,” Budreau said after the meeting. “These allegations do not involve the town. The matter has been referred to the New Hampshire State Police for further investigation and Mr. Anderson has been placed on administrative leave with pay under the provisions of the charter until that investigation is complete.”
This week, Budreau said Anderson will remain on paid leave until further notice.
“His status will change only after the state police investigation is complete and the Town Council has the opportunity to evaluate the information and make a decision,” he said Tuesday.
Budreau wouldn’t specify when town officials first learned of the investigation, nor when Anderson was notified. Last week, Budreau said Anderson worked “a portion” of the day Friday.
Anderson, 50, came to Derry in October 2010, from a similar position in Boothbay, Maine. He was one of 121 applicants for the Derry job.
He was hired at just over $100,000 a year when he accepted the post. His current salary is $124,962 and his contract is up for review this October.