By Julie Huss
---- — LONDONDERRY — One town leader begins a new job as another reflects on the process and his dual roles serving the town.
As new Town Manager Kevin Smith spends his first full week on the job, former acting manager and police Chief Bill Hart reflected on the past year serving the town in both capacities.
Hart said Smith was a good choice for the permanent post.
“It’s good the town has made a choice,” Hart said. “Kevin is an outstanding choice and appears to have a genuine leadership and management ability.”
Smith was named town manager last month after many months of searching for the top candidate.
The former GOP gubernatorial candidate said he was up for the challenge of working for his hometown.
Smith greeted the town’s senior citizens during the kick-off Old Home Day barbecue and said he was happy to be on board.
“There’s still a lot of learning to do,” he said.
As for Hart, he came on the job as interim manager last June after former manager David Caron left the post.
In the past year, the police chief said his time was helped along by much support from the police staff, town officials and other staff who guided him, supported him and aided his double-duty job.
“Without the support at Town Hall and at the police department, it wouldn’t have been possible,” Hart said.
Now, he is looking forward to being a part of Smith’s team.
At last week’s Town Council meeting, Hart thanked councilors and the town for all their help the past year. He said he was looking forward to being back to work as a full-time police chief and said he would help Smith with whatever he needed.
“I’m looking forward to the transition,” Hart said. “And thank you to the people who live here, thank you for assisting me.”