Merrimack town councilor resignsBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
October 17. 2017 11:58PM
MERRIMACK — Dan Dwyer, a member of the Town Council since 2010, is resigning from the board.
“I regret to inform the council I am going to be resigning effective Oct. 27,” Dwyer told his colleagues last week. “My wife and I are going to be retiring and moving out of state.”
Dwyer, 54, has lived in Merrimack for more than 20 years. In addition to serving on the Town Council, he previously served as a state representative from 1984-1986, and was a former candidate for the District 11 state Senate seat.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time here,” said Dwyer, adding he plans to move someplace warmer to enjoy his retirement.
Dwyer, a real estate developer since 1995, thanked his former councilors for their support, along with those residents who helped elect him to the position for three terms.
“We will miss you — you know that,” said Nancy Harrington, Town Council chairman.
According to the town’s charter, the council has 21 days from the official resignation date to select a person to temporarily fill the seat until the April election.
She is encouraging anyone interested in seeking the position to submit a letter of interest to the town manager by Nov. 6. Candidates should include their qualifications, personal characteristics, length of residency, previous positions held and experience related to the position.
Interviews will be held on Nov. 8, and a second day of interviews will take place on Nov. 9 depending on the number of applicants, said Harrington.
The council is expected to vote on a finalist at its Nov. 16 meeting, at which time the new councilor will be sworn into office, she explained. Harrington said it will be beneficial to have a new councilor on board before the busy budget season gets underway.
The finalist will serve as a councilor until the April election, at which time an election will be held to determine who will fill the remaining year of Dwyer’s term.
Qualified candidates must be registered voters, have lived in town for at least one year, have knowledge of the community, be able to work well with others and have a willingness to devote time and effort to the duties of councilor, according to a release.
Letters of interest may be mailed to: Town of Merrimack, Attn: Town Council Vacancy, 6 Baboosic Lake Road. For more information on how to apply, contact the town manager’s office at 424-2331.