Derry administrator on leave as police probe continues
DERRY — Town Administrator John Anderson remains on paid administrative leave as the state police continue a criminal investigation.
The Town Council unanimously voted to put Anderson on paid leave at an emergency meeting on July 12.
The council also voted to make Assistant Town Administrator Larry Budreau the acting town administrator while Anderson is on leave.
Town officials are expressing their faith in the state police and say they are not frustrated that the investigation has been ongoing for over three weeks."Investigative agencies should always explore allegations in a methodical and deliberative manner," said Town Councilor Mark Osborne. "Careful investigations benefit the community, the reporting party, and the accused. Having been a practicing criminal attorney for 10 years, I can tell you that miscarriages of justice usually only occur when investigators place a premium on speed over specifics."
Budreau said he could not provide any specifics on the investigation, but did say the allegations did not involve the town.
The allegations were referred to the state police by the local police department.
Councilors Neil Wetherbee and Tom Cardon also said they are not frustrated with the length of the investigation.
"It just tells me that the state police are being thorough in their investigation," said Cardon.
The councilors also expressed their support for Budreau and the job he has been doing in Anderson's absence.
"Town staff have done a great job of making sure things continue to run smoothly in John's absence," said Wetherbee.
Osborne said he's also pleased with the efforts of the staff and Budreau."Mr. Budreau's attention to detail has made for a seamless transition," he said.Anderson has been the town administrator for just under three years, having been unanimously appointed by the Town Council in September 2010. Prior to that, Anderson was the town manager in Boothbay, Maine, for a decade.
"We've been very busy, but believe all is running smoothly," said Budreau.