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July 11, 2013

Londonderry town manager search nears end

Town still must fill several other top jobs

LONDONDERRY — The search for the town’s new manager is nearing its end.

Officials are now in the last part of the process to choose Londonderry’s new leader. A final group of candidates remains on the short list for the job.

The remaining candidates will go through a second interview process by next week and a new manager could be announced soon after, according to Acting Town Manager William Hart, who is also the town’s police chief.

Hart has handled the dual roles since last July after previous town manager David Caron left the job.

He said the current field of candidates is highly qualified.

“This group brings some strong skill sets to the town,” Hart said.

The process to choose a new leader has taken time.

In February, the Town Council had chosen a top candidate as manager after a round of interviews, but that person decided to take another job elsewhere.

The job was advertised once again and a new process began.

Hart said he is looking forward to having a new manager in place. He also said he appreciates all the support the town has given him during his time in the job.

“I am delighted to have been able to help this community,” he said. “I have come to call (at least professionally) Londonderry home.”

Londonderry also has a vacancy for its Senior Affairs Director, left empty with the departure of Stacy Thrall in May.

Hart said the town’s Human Resources Department is going over those applications and this time around more input from the senior citizens who use the senior center was taken into consideration as to what type of director they would like.

“We changed the process a bit this time,” Hart said. “We involved them dramatically (to help) make a recommendation.”

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