Londonderry council appoints former gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith town manager
With little discussion, the council voted unanimously to appoint former gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith as the new town manager and longtime Londonderry firefighter Darren O'Brien as the new fire chief.
Town Council Vice Chairman Tom Dolan noted the hiring process for the town manager position was a lengthy one, with dozens of candidates interviewed for the job.
The newly hired town manager arrived late at Thursday night's meeting and wasn't in the room when the official announcement was made. He quietly entered Town Hall following the new hire announcements and sat in the audience for the remainder of the meeting, with little fanfare.
"He has led this department, restoring its moral," Hart said, shaking O'Brien's hand Thursday night. "This is Londonderry, right here."
Wearing their dress uniforms, dozens of local police and firefighters attended Thursday's meeting, with many gathering at the nearby Coach Stop Restaurant for a celebratory dinner in O'Brien's honor once the meeting ended.
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