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August 22, 2013

Town leader put on unpaid leave

DERRY — After meeting behind closed doors for more than two hours Tuesday night, the Town Council emerged and voted to continue Town Administrator John Anderson’s administrative leave, but without pay from that date forward.

That vote was unanimous, as was another motion to name Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau the sole spokesman on the matter.

Anderson, 50, was charged last week with indecent exposure and lewd and lascivious behavior, both Class A misdemeanors.

He has been on paid administrative leave since July 12, the day after police allege Anderson made sexual advances toward a DirecTV salesman at his Lane Road home in East Derry.

The Town Council previously named Budreau acting town administrator.

After Anderson was charged, councilors voted unanimously in a non-public meeting Friday to conduct their own inquiry and agreed to keep him on paid leave.

After the meeting Tuesday night, Budreau said that inquiry would “resume” in September.

Anderson came to Derry in 2010 after serving as town manager in Boothbay, Maine, for 10 years. He earns $124,964 a year.

As of Tuesday, he had not yet turned himself in to authorities.

Resident Kevin Coyle, a former town councilor, said Anderson put the town and the councilors in a tough position.

“(Anderson) put himself in a position to get arrested and although he is innocent until proven guilty,” Coyle said, “the town shouldn’t be paying him while he is going through his legal troubles.”

Before the meeting Tuesday, Town Councilor Neil Wetherbee said the latest events have put added stress on the council and community.

“I can really only speak for myself, that it is disheartening personally to be dealing with a lot of what we’ve been dealing with instead of working on trying to move the council forward,” he said.

Wetherbee credited Budreau for doing double duty during a difficult time.

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