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October 16, 2013

Derry council votes to say goodbye to Anderson

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


Budreau did say that Anderson and his attorney, James Rosenberg, were not present for the council’s nonpublic meeting last night with the town’s lawyer, Thomas Closson.

He also said discussion of finding a replacement for Anderson will begin when the council meets next month.

“The council will pick up that matter of business in their meetings in November,” he said.

Budreau, who has been filling in for Anderson for three months, would not say if he is interested in the permanent position. He also would not disclose how much money Anderson is owed by the town.

Anderson, who waived his arraignment Friday in 10th Circuit Court, could not be reached for comment at his home last night. He remains free on $2,000 personal recognizance. His trial has not been scheduled.

If Anderson was fired for “cause before his contract expired, he would be entitled to six months of severance pay.

“Cause” includes being convicted of a felony and gross negligence in carrying out his employment obligations. Anderson, town administrator since 2010, earns $124,962 a year. He was previously the town administrator in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

The two counts against Anderson are both misdemeanors, each punishable by up to a year in the county jail if convicted.

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