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October 16, 2013

Derry council votes to say goodbye to Anderson

Derry council votes, 6-1, not to renew contract

DERRY — The Town Council voted, 6-1, last night not to renew the contract of suspended Town Administrator John Anderson.

The move to terminate Anderson “without cause” came after councilors met in closed session for an hour and a half to discuss Anderson’s employment and other nonpublic issues.

Anderson, 50, has been on administrative leave since July 12, a day after an alleged incident at his Lane Road home involving a satellite TV salesman. He was arrested in August on single counts each of indecent exposure and lewdness.

Anderson exposed himself to the salesman, asked him to take off his clothes and then masturbated in front of him, according to a police affidavit.

In its decision, the council voted to place Anderson on paid administrative leave from Oct. 14 to Oct. 25 — the day his three-year contract with the town ends. Mark Osborne was the only councilor to vote in opposition.

Anderson was initially on paid leave, then placed on unpaid leave by the council following a unanimous vote Aug. 20. He surrendered to authorities Aug. 28, almost two weeks after an arrest warrant was issued by state police.

The council last night also authorized acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau to terminate Anderson’s employment as of Oct. 26, pending receipt of a signed separation agreement from Anderson.

When announcing the council’s decision, Chairman Michael Fairbanks said Budreau was the only person authorized to comment on Anderson’s employment with the town.

But Budreau was tight-lipped following the conclusion of the council’s half-hour regular meeting and collective bargaining workshop.

Budreau handed reporters a copy of the council’s approved motion and said he could not say anything beyond what was in the motion.

“The council took this action tonight — no further comment,” he said.

Councilors would not comment on Anderson, including Osborne. He referred all questions to Budreau when asked by a reporter why he voted against terminating Anderson’s employment.

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