Londonderry considering anti-nepotism policy
After sharing a draft of the ordinance with the town’s attorneys and Town Manager Kevin Smith, the draft returned before the board Monday night.
“Londonderry doesn’t have a policy on nepotism right now,” Freda said Monday. “But the town should have the right to determine any contracts or promotions are awarded on merit, not on family connections.”
Freda noted that in a neighboring town, a relative was appointed to a staff position “despite the fact that he had less experience than some of the other candidates.”
Council Chairman Tom Dolan stressed that the town “doesn’t want to prohibit relatives of existing employees or other town officials from serving the community,” but at the same time “needs to avoid actual or perceived conflicts of interest.”
Town councilors and the town manager would also be prohibited from taking part in any town-centered business negotiations or contract votes involving immediate family members.
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