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October 25, 2012

Hart's term as acting manager extended

Councilors search for new town manager

LONDONDERRY — Town Councilors have their hands full.

Between the Master Plan approval, Woodmont Commons site plans and budget season right around the corner, the council continues its search for a permanent town manager.

In the meantime, acting Town Manager and police Chief William Hart has agreed to another 120-day term, which could be extended again.

Since July, Hart has been filling as town manager after David Caron resigned, citing family medical issues.

Hart’s first 120-day term was set to end on Oct. 18, but the Town Council unanimously voted Oct. 15 to extend the arrangement for another four months.

The resolution does state Hart would be able to serve as acting manager for a longer period time, if the Town Council cannot find a permanent replacement before this term expires.

As acting manager, Hart has made permanent changes to the town’s infrastructure.

Earlier this year, he announced the town would return more than $1 million in impact fees, some of which were improperly collected.

In addition, Hart eliminated the assistant town manager’s position, and moved the Building Department from the office of Planning and Economic Development to the town manager’s office.

Although these changes did save the town money, it came at the cost of reducing the annual pay of two employees.

He receives $106,923 base pay, and a $2,500 per month stipend as acting town manger, according to Donna Pratt, human resources manager.

Hart said he is looking forward to continuing to work with the Town Council and benefiting the town further.

He did not apply for the permanent position. Hart said he is busy with current issues, and would not speculate about the future.

“I’m going to deal with what’s in front of me right now,” he said. “In four months, we’ll see.”

Town Councilors are making progress in their search for a permanent town manager.

With more than 60 applicants vying for the position, Chairman John Farrell collected the resumes of the councilors’ top 10 choices.

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