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Smooth transition sought for Derry treasurer post

Union Leader Correspondent

February 19. 2013 10:31PM

DERRY - Robert Gorham, Derry's acting town treasurer, could remain in that position until June 30.

In October, the town council approved moving Gorham up from the assistant treasurer position to acting treasurer to serve out the remainder of longtime treasurer Rita Correia's term.

Pending town council approval, town administrator John Anderson said current tax collector Dawn Enwright will become tax collector/treasurer effective July 1.

At Tuesday night's council meeting, chairman Brad Benson recommended tabling the vote on Gorham's appointment until the March 5 meeting to ensure the town can legally make the appointment before a charter change on the treasurer position goes into effect on March 13.

"In order to align the appointment of the town's next treasurer with the beginning of fiscal year 2014, treasurer Robert Gorham has agreed to continue in the position until June 30," Anderson said. "Prior to June 30, based in large part upon the recommendation of Frank Childs, chief financial officer, and after completing research regarding the practice of other large New Hampshire municipalities and thoroughly vetting the plan with the town's auditors, I anticipate appointing Dawn Enwright, tax collector, to the position of tax collector/treasurer effective July 1, subject to council approval."

In addition to serving as town finance director, Childs has taken Gorham's former position as assistant treasurer.

Gorham is serving out the remainder of Correia's elected term, but voters approved a change in the town charter that makes the position an appointed one effective March 12.

Anderson said Gorham has been doing an excellent job thus far as acting treasurer.

"This will give us some internal time to look at where we are going," said Anderson.

He stated he wanted to make sure Enwright has her feet on the ground and will be comfortable with the additional duties.

Enwright was appointed tax collector last November after working as Nashua's trust accountant. Before that, she worked for the city as a senior accountant/auditor and financial analyst.

Enwright earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Lowell and completed LGC's Municipal Accounting Certification program. She began her career as corporate accountant for COMFED Savings Bank in Lowell.

Anderson said Enwright lives in Londonderry with her husband, four teenage children and four horses. She is head coach of the Londonderry High School equestrian team.

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