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Finalist Richard Brown appeared June 19 at a community forum. (HUNTER MCGEE)

Derry council preparing to name new town administrator

DERRY — After months of searching, town councilors could name the next town administrator at their Tuesday night meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the third floor meeting room of the Municipal Center.

The field of 76 candidates was narrowed recently to finalists Richard Brown, of Massachusetts, and Stephen Eldridge, of Maine.

Both finalists appeared June 19 for a public forum at the Municipal Center. During the forum, they presented their qualifications and fielded questions from the public on topics including unions and economic development.
Brown said he has about 38 years of local government experience and is the current town administrator in Freetown, Mass.

Brown told the audience he doesn’t have all of the answers but does understand government processes and how to work with people, organizations and to make changes. He said his primary mission is to try and improve a town’s quality of service.
Eldridge said he has been working in local government administration for the past 15 years and currently serves as the interim town manager of Bethel, Maine.

Eldridge said his management style is inclusive and he strives to provide as much information as possible. He said he has worked with councils in the past that have had extremely different ideas.

Immediately after the regular meeting, the council will hold a workshop to review past goals and set new ones.

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