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Council whittles list of finalists to three for Derry post

Union Leader Correspondent

September 02. 2014 11:15PM

DERRY — Town councilors have narrowed the list of candidates to become the next town administrator from 66 to three finalists.

Two of the finalists were named by Council Chairman Mark Osborne: Galen Stearns, a former Windham selectmen, and Peter Kaczynski, of Rhode Island.

But the name of the third finalist is being withheld until the candidate can discuss the matter with family members and his or her employer, Osborne said.

“Given that this is a council that strives very hard to keep its promises, we will honor our commitment to not reveal names unless we receive permission of the candidates,” Osborne said.

Osborne said he expected to receive an answer from the finalist by Wednesday.

Residents will have an opportunity to ask finalists questions at a public forum set for Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the municipal center.

Councilors are seeking to fill the post that was last held by former Town Administrator John Anderson, who was discharged in October by the town without cause.

Anderson was charged with lewdness and indecent exposure, both misdemeanors, in August 2013 following an incident that allegedly occurred at his house on July 11, 2013, involving DirectTV salesman Errol Flynn.

After a trial last month, the charge of indecent exposure was dismissed by Judge Lucinda Sadler. But Anderson was found guilty by Sadler of the second charge of lewdness.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12 in 10th Circuit Court in Derry.

The search for a new town administrator is the second one councilors have conducted this year after they announced earlier this summer they were passing over the two remaining finalists — Richard Brown of Massachusetts and Stephen Eldridge of Maine — and reopening the search.

The position has a salary range of $100,000 to $125,000, with a generous benefits package.

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