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Budreau won't seek Derry administrator job

DERRY — Acting Administrator Larry Budreau said Thursday he can better serve the town in his current position and isn’t interested in the vacant town administrator job.

Budreau, who has been with the town for nine years, said he doesn’t want to become a candidate to replace former Town Administrator John Anderson. The acting town administrator said he is better at supporting the town administrator and facilitating in the internal operations of the town.

“I’ve maintained my labor relations focus and acting in my capacity as acting town administrator, I’m able to provide the town administrator support,” Budreau said. “I think my skills are best suited to internal operations and support of someone who has solid public administration skills.”
The council voted, 4-2, last week to award Budreau a 4.8 percent yearly performance bonus. Councilors Mark Osborne and Al Dimmock voted against the measure.

Anderson went on administrative leave on July 12, the day before an alleged incident in his home involving a DirectTV salesman.Budreau said he announced to Council Chairman Michael Fairbanks on the day Anderson went on administrative leave that he would continue to help the town as acting administrator. Budreau also announced to the chairman that he didn’t have any interest in the vacant job.Councilors disagreed in their meeting last Tuesday on the best way to choose the replacement for Anderson.
Some councilors favored conducting the search themselves, while others said a search firm should be hired for the task. The last search cost approximately $15,000, according to town officials.

Fairbanks is expected to announce the date for a goal-setting session as part of the town administrator search at Tuesday’s council meeting, Budreau said.
Last month, the Town Council voted not to renew Anderson’s contract after it expired on Oct. 25. Anderson, 50, was discharged without cause and will receive a settlement of approximately $45,000, according to a signed separation agreement.
Acting through his attorney James Rosenberg, Anderson entered a plea of not guilty last month to misdemeanor charges of lewdness and indecent exposure. His trial is scheduled for Dec. 13 in Derry District Court.

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