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Londonderry seeks to fill three town staff vacancies

LONDONDERRY -- Town Council members will meet in private on Dec. 10 to discuss candidates for the vacant town manager position.

During Monday night's meeting, Police Chief William Hart, who has been serving as Londonderry's interim town manager since David Caron's departure, said the town currently has a decent-sized pile of resumes of interested candidates.

Hart has been serving as the interim town manager since mid-June, when longtime town manager David Caron announced a temporary leave of absence, citing a family illness.

Caron, who had been Londonderry's Town Manager for nearly 11 years, officially resigned on July 20 after the town's mismanagement of its impact fees was revealed. He earned a $124,640 salary last year.

The Council will meet in a non-public session to discuss how to permanently fill Caron's position. At the suggestion of Chairman John Farrell, the board expects to narrow the candidate list to three finalists. Further information to be released during the next public Council meeting on Dec. 17.

"We need to have further discussion amongst ourselves so we'll have more details for the public," Farrell said this week. "This will move to town manager search forward to the interview process."

Discussions on how to fill the vacant Planning & Economic Development Director position are also underway, Hart said.

"We're looking at a couple of options," he noted, adding that one option being considered is to not simply hire a new employee, but also hire contracted assistance for both short and long term.

"Some of the issues the town is facing going forward suggests we might want to do that," Hart added.

With the budget process now in full swing, the council will further address the topic of filling the vacancy left by Andre Garron "sometime near the first of the year," according to Hart.

Garron resigned from his position in mid-October after accepting a new position as Community and Regional Economic Development Specialist with the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension. Garron had worked for the town of Londonderry since December 1999.

A third town official, Senior Affairs Coordinator Kimberly Bean, has resigned this month. Bean, who began working for the town in July 2011, will end her duties this Friday. Hart said the need for an appropriate candidate is immediate, noting the town's active senior citizen programs, and the job would soon be publically posted to seek qualified resumes.

"We have to do right by our seniors, so let's work to get this one filled," Farrell agreed.

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