By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — Seniors in town said goodbye to their director last week.
Senior affairs director Kimberly Bean’s last day at the Londonderry Senior Center was Dec. 7. She announced she would be stepping down from the position to take a new job with Manchester’s senior center. She served in the job since July 2011, replacing former director Sara Landry.
“The new position I will be starting I feel offers opportunities for benefits that I will not get in my current position,” Bean said. “I believe this move will be the best for my family and I for the future.”
Bean was honored at the center on her last day with a breakfast hosted by the seniors. She created a scrapbook of photos from her time at the center and presented it to the local seniors. Senior center administrator Gladys Frederick said Bean served the center well.
“She’s been great, very organized,” she said.
Town officials said they would be sorry to see Bean leave.
“We are grateful for her service,” acting Town Manager William Hart said.
He said the town would post the open position. Details about the number of hours that a new director will work is still up in the air, Hart said.
Bean worked a 34-hour week.
Frederick said the process will begin again to find a replacement.
Prior to Bean’s hiring, a search committee formed, made up of town officials and senior representatives.
Twenty-nine people had applied prior to Bean’s hiring. This time, Frederick said she would once again be part of the search.
“We’ll start the process all over again,” she said.
Town Council Chairman John Farrell said it’s an important role to get filled.
“We have to do right by our seniors,” Farrell said, “so we need to proceed with this.”