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March 26. 2014 10:06PM

Derry councilors set to begin town administrator search

DERRY — An ad is ready to go and the search for the next town administrator has begun in earnest.

Town councilors are placing an ad seeking “a creative, proactive leader” for the vacant post on the New Hampshire Municipal Association site, with postings on other sites coming soon, said acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau. Candidates will have until June 1 to apply for the job.

The council agreed on the content of the ad toward the end of a three-hour meeting Tuesday night. Councilors also agreed on the language of an “ideal candidate profile” that will help guide them in their search.

Former town administrator John Anderson, 50, was charged with lewdness and indecent exposure in August following an incident at his house on July 11 involving a DirecTV salesman. In October, he was discharged by the town without cause.
In the search to find the last several administrators, councilors used an outside search firm. But some councilors have recently opposed using the method, saying it is too costly and hasn’t yielded good results. With new councilors Joshua Bourdon and Dave Fischer coming aboard this month, they have decided to conduct the search themselves.

During the meeting, councilors cooperated and worked together to refine the candidate profile. After they unanimously approved it, Chairman Mark Osborne said he was impressed by the progress the group made.

“The way this group is working, I think we can accomplish a few more things,” Osborne said.

The councilors then discussed how much they wanted to spend on advertising and agreed to set aside $2,000.

After agreeing on the language of the ad, councilors began examining how to execute the search. Bourdon suggested they use several sites, including Monster, Simply Hired and Indeed.

At the close of the meeting, Osborne praised the council for completing the profile, ad and establishing the search parameters.

“We accomplished a lot of goals, and I’m just thrilled with this council,” Osborne said.

Councilor Thomas Cardon agreed, saying: “This was a nice job by everybody. I’m very impressed.”


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