LONDONDERRY — Former Town Manager David Caron, who resigned in July amid a controversy over impact fees, has become the acting town administrator for North Hampton.
Caron was hired for the interim job for three months, but that may be extended by North Hampton selectmen, Chairman James Maggiore said.
Caron took a leave of absence in June because of a family medical issue, then resigned a month later. His resignation came shortly after acting Town Manager and police Chief William Hart announced the town had to refund more than $1.2 million in impact fees to more than 400 landowners and developers.
Some of the money was collected in error and a portion was not used within six years as required, Hart said earlier this year. No blame was placed on Caron at that time and Town Council Chairman John Farrell wished Caron and his family the best of luck in a statement earlier this year.
Caron said the family medical issue was the only reason he resigned and he had been trying to resolve the impact fee problem.
“The impact fees had nothing to do with my resignation,” he said. “We were working on the project for nearly a year and, from my perspective, we were about 90 percent done with it.”
Once his family member’s health improved, Caron said, he decided to find a new job.
Caron earns the equivalent of $83,200 a year in his new position and works 32-hour weeks. He was earning about $86,500 a year when he started in Londonderry, but about $121,000 when he left. Caron had worked in Londonderry since 2003.
Caron’s experience made him the ideal candidate, Maggoire said. North Hampton received about 60 applications for the interim position. Selectmen were aware Caron had resigned from the Londonderry job and also were aware of the impact fee problem, he said.