Deerfield town official resignsBy BENJAMIN C. KLEIN
Union Leader Correspondent
December 03. 2013 10:51PM
DEERFIELD — After nearly four years on the job, Town Administrator Leslie Boswak announced at Monday night’s selectmen’s meeting that she was resigning effective Dec. 31.
Boswak is the second high profile town official to step down. Police Chief Mike Greeley announced last month he was retiring Dec. 31.
“I just decided it is time to move on,” Boswak said, who added that she would not say specifically why she is resigning. However, she said that her resignation is not due to personal reasons or due to any difficulties with the town, and that she has no plans to retire.
“I just recently decided this. We had a lot of accomplishments while I was here,” Boswak said.
Boswak, who called the Board of Selectmen a great group to work with, said she did not inform any board member of her decision prior to Monday’s meeting.
“I was flabbergasted. I am going to miss her terribly, so is the town of Deerfield,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman Stephen Barry.
Boswak said that the feeling was mutual, and that she will miss the residents of Deerfield.
“I will always remember the wonderful people in Deerfield,” Boswak said.
She added that she has no specific advice for whomever the Board chooses to replace her.
“Everyone is really easy to work with, the Board of Selectmen is wonderful, and the department heads are all great,” Boswak said.
Because of the suddenness of Boswak’s resignation, Barry said the town might not have a new administrator in place by the time Boswak leaves.
“We’re kind of scrambling how to replace her; we only found out last night. We will post it as soon as possible, and in the next couple of meetings we’ll figure out a procedure to replace her,” Barry said.
Barry added that in the 10 years he has been with the board he has never had two important town officials like Boswak and Greeley scheduled to leave the town at the same time.
“(Chief Greeley) feels that he has put his time in and it’s time to move on. He has been with the town about 10 years, and I was very happy with the job he has done. I wish him well in his retirement,” Barry said.
Boswak, who also recently resigned as vice chairman of Hooksett Town Council, said the two resignations are unrelated.