, Derry, New Hampshire

March 14, 2013

Derry officials say goodbye to longtime councilor

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — Town Councilor Brian Chirichiello has left his District 4 council seat after serving three terms.

He did not seek re-election this year.

Chirichiello’s last official meeting was March 4. He is a state representative.

Fellow councilors and officials told Chirichiello his contributions to the council would be missed.

“You have done an amazing service to the town,” Council Chairman Brad Benson said. “Thank you for a tremendous, tremendous job over the last nine years.”

Benson said he sat next to Chirichiello for many years and would miss that time together.

Chirichiello said he enjoyed being a councilor and thanked residents who supported him over the years.

“I’m not going away,” he said. “I’ll be at the Statehouse and you’ll probably see me on TV.”

Chirichiello said he learned a lot and appreciated all the opportunities he had while sitting at the front desk on meeting nights.

Police Chief Ed Garone thanked Chirichiello for being fair.

“Thank you for all your thoughtful consideration you’ve given (for the issues) the police department has brought before you,” Garone said. “I appreciate your fair treatment.”

Town Administrator John Anderson said he looked forward to continuing to work with Chirichiello, even as his council work ends.

“I wish you well,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll be chatting a lot.”

Town Councilor Neil Wetherbee told Chirichiello being a councilor is a tough job, but he handled it well.

“It’s not always an easy job or a fun job,” Wetherbee said. “Anyone who sticks it out for nine years deserves a pat on the back.”

Chirichiello said he feels blessed that voters in his district had faith in his abilities.

“I have met so many people along the way, which is the best part I most enjoy,” he said. “Although I will be hanging up my councilor shoes, I love being a state representative, which means I will still be around and engaged. I’m learning new things and always looking out for the best interests of my town.”