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April 3, 2014

Derry councilors craft want ad for new leader

Councilors say they are making progress

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Council Chairman Mark Osborne credited the previous council for a lot of preliminary administrator search work done in the past several months.

Both Brad Benson and Neil Wetherbee stepped down from the group in March. They both were involved in the process and Osborne wanted them to be recognized.

“I am grateful for the work done by the previous council,” he said. “It all looks pretty good.”

Since the council is doing their own search, most agreed they need to be objective and not let personal feelings get in the way.

“We must be assured there will be no nepotism, because he or she is a friend or neighbor of someone in Derry,” Councilor David Fischer said. “That would be short-changing the community.”

Osborne asked Fischer if some issue had come to light about the possibility of favoritism taking over the administrator search. The group has come under some fire recently for handling the search internally and not hiring an outside firm.

“Has anything occurred causing you any concern for nepotism or favoritism right out of the gate?” Osborne asked.

Fischer said there was no specific reason, but he just wanted to make sure that doesn’t happen during this search.

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