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September 5, 2013

Anderson remain on leave, has court date

DERRY — Residents are calling on their town councilors to see why more details about the situation with Town Administrator John Anderson aren’t being made public.

Councilor Phyllis Katsakiores said people constantly ask her for more information about the case and why town officials can’t speak more openly.

“I go to church, to the store, they all ask me, ‘Why is everything such a secret?’” Katsakiores said.

Anderson, 50, turned himself in to state police last week on charges of indecent exposure and lewdness. He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 11 in 10th Circuit Court in Derry.

Katsakiores said many people are concerned that Town Council meetings about Anderson have been held behind closed doors.

“Many think they should be more open,” she said. “They are not happy at all. They think there is just too much secrecy.”

Anderson has been on administrative leave since July 12, one day after an alleged incident at his Lane Road home involving a DirecTV salesman. The two counts against Anderson are Class A misdemeanors, each punishable by up to a year in jail.

He was put on paid leave, then councilors voted unanimously on Aug. 20 to place him on unpaid leave.

Assistant Town Administrator Larry Budreau has been serving as acting town administrator in Anderson’s absence. He is the only person authorized by the Town Council to speak about Anderson.

But Budreau has been on vacation, which means no one is allowed to speak about the matter. He is scheduled to return to work late this week.

Most councilors remain tight-lipped.

Councilor Tom Cardon said it was best to let Budreau do the talking.

“I think it best for me not to make any comments right now,” he said. “I’m trying to respect the integrity of the council.”

Councilor Mark Osborne said Anderson remains innocent until proven guilty.

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