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Police lieutenant tapped for administrator’s role

PELHAM — Pelham’s new town administrator is a familiar face.On Tuesday night, selectmen hired Brian McCarthy, 49, to be town administrator. McCarthy has been on the Pelham Police Department since 2005 and has been a lieutenant since 2007.

McCarthy replaces former Town Administrator Tom Gaydos, who was placed on administrative leave in early January and resigned about a month later. 

Gaydos, who had worked as the town administrator since 2002, and previously served as town administrator in Ashland and Ossipee, did not give a reason for his resignation and selectmen didn’t readily discuss their reasons for placing him on administrative leave.

McCarthy will be leaving his position with the police department to accept the job.

In addition to his patrol supervision duties in the police department, McCarthy was the department’s senior services officer, serving as the liaison between the town’s senior population and the department.

McCarthy also supervised the Police Explorer Post, the AARP driver education program, the accreditation program, and the DARE and school resource officer program. Prior to his appointment as patrol lieutenant, McCarthy supervised the detective and administrative divisions.

McCarthy was raised in Burlington, Mass., and graduated from Burlington High School in 1983. Upon graduation he attended North Shore Community College in Beverly, Mass. 

He began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Brookline Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to chief in 1996.In 1997, he joined the New Hampshire State Police as a state trooper, where he patrolled the highways of Rockingham and Hillsborough County until 2003 when he was transferred to the commercial truck enforcement team out of Concord.

McCarthy was one of 24 applicants and six finalists interviewed by selectmen for the position.

Selectmen Chairman Edmund Gleason said the board was not necessarily looking for someone with town administrator or manager experience, but someone who shows good leadership and management skills.

The town has had some experience with someone from the police department stepping into the town administrator’s role. Since Gaydos resigned earlier this year, Police Chief Joseph Roark has served as the acting town administrator and has earned high marks from selectmen.

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