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July 13, 2013

Administrator on leave, under investigation

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He also would not say how long Anderson could remain on paid administrative leave.Budreau pleaded exhaustion and said he preferred to let his statement stand and not answer further questions.

The only order of business on the council’s emergency meeting agenda fell under RSA 91A:3 II (a) and III, sections of the state’s access to public records and meetings statute, specifically regarding “the dismissal, promotion or compensation of any public employee or the disciplining of such employee, or the investigation of any charges against him,” and minutes of nonpublic meetings.

On June 18, the council went into nonpublic session, also citing the same section of state statute regarding personnel.

All seven members of the Town Council were present for the emergency meeting yesterday. When they emerged from the meeting room, all declined comment, referring all questions to Budreau.

“I can’t comment on rumors,” Councilor Al Dimmock said, leaving the building.Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores, who has missed the last four or five meetings due to health issues, was there, using a wheelchair. Kasakiores has participated in previous meetings by phone, but made her first appearance in more than a month yesterday.

A call to Anderson’s home yesterday evening was not returned.

In 2011, Anderson and some members of the Town Council at that time, were taken to task for going to a local restaurant together after meetings. Then Councilor Janet Fairbanks, wife of the current council chairman, said she believed they might have been discussing town business and that would have been in violation of state statute.

Town counsel addressed the board and cautioned them about gathering socially. The matter was dropped, but it was never clear whether some councilors and Anderson stopped the practice.

Anderson ruffled a lot of feathers earlier this year when he proposed closing East Derry’s beloved Taylor Library to save $176,000. Public outcry was swift and furious. Town councilors did not support Anderson’s suggestion.

Shortly thereafter, Anderson annoyed some others in town when he balked at a suggestion the Derry Farmers Market funding be cut dramatically. He said he couldn’t understand why councilors were “going after” the market. That budget was ultimately cut by about 75 percent.

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