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August 06. 2013 5:58PM

UPDATED: State police turn investigation of Derry town administrator over to county attorney

DERRY— The investigation of Town Administrator John Anderson has been completed by state police and handed over to the Rockingham County Attorney's office for further review, according to assistant Town Administrator Larry Budreau.
Anderson has been on paid leave since July 12, when the Town Council called an emergency meeting. The council unanimously voted to place Anderson, who makes just under $125,000 per year, on paid leave and appoint Budreau as the acting town administrator.
The state police investigation stems from an allegation of an incident on July 11, but town and police officials have not provided any further information on the incident itself, other than Budreau stating that it was not a matter involving the town.
The Derry Police Department handed the investigation over to the state police to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
It is now up to Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams' office to decide if any legal action will be taken against Anderson.
"The file has been forwarded to us and we are processing it," said Reams. "We hope to come to a decision in about a week."
Although town officials have remained tight-lipped on the case itself, several town councilors have expressed faith in the investigative process as well as the job being done by Budreau in Anderson's absence.
In addition to naming Budreau acting town administrator on July 12, the council also appointed Budreau as the spokesperson for all matters related to the Anderson investigation.
Council chairman Michael Fairbanks said he has not heard of any frustration from the public about the pace of the investigation.
"I have had no frustrations or complaints presented directly to me," said Fairbanks. "My sense is that everyone just wants the issue concluded as quickly as feasibly possible, but the authorities need to do their job."
Fairbanks said the town also seems to be running smoothly with Budreau at the helm.
"Everything seems to be going normally," he said. "Business is being taken care of."
Anderson has been the town administrator for just under three years, having been unanimously appointed by the Town Council in September, 2010. Prior to taking over for Gary Stenhouse in Derry in 2010, Anderson was the town manager in Boothbay, Maine, for a decade.
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