, Derry, New Hampshire


August 22, 2013

Editorial: Anderson must go

If a sworn affidavit is to be believed, Derry Town Administrator John Anderson has embarrassed himself and the community with his unprofessional behavior. It is impossible for him to continue in a leadership role in the town. He must go.

The Town Council met Tuesday for more than two hours in nonpublic session. They emerged only to announce Anderson would continue on administrative leave, but he would no longer be paid.

The council should have fired him. They didn’t, so now it’s up to Anderson to resign — after he turns himself in to authorities on his arrest warrant.

Anderson was charged last week with indecent exposure and lewdness, and an arrest warrant was issued.

While the charges are misdemeanors, they are conduct inappropriate for a public official, who must maintain the trust and respect of the people he serves.

The charges stem from an incident the evening of July 11 at Anderson’s Lane Road home. According to a police affidavit, a satellite television service salesman called at Anderson’s home. Anderson did not answer the knock at his door immediately, but soon stuck his arm out the door and waved the salesman inside.

According to the affidavit, the salesman was startled to see that Anderson was nude. The salesman assumed that Anderson had just stepped out of the shower and would soon get dressed. So, keeping his back to the town administrator, the salesman began his pitch.

But Anderson did not get dressed, according to the affidavit. Instead, the salesman heard a slapping sound. As his turned, he saw that Anderson was masturbating.

The salesman said Anderson told him it was a “nudist home” and invited him to take his clothes off as well, according to the affidavit. Anderson asked the salesman if he was gay and invited him to return later for a party.

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