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September 12, 2013

Derry council takes no action against Anderson

Councilors, Anderson, lawyers met behind closed doors

DERRY — Town councilors met with suspended Town Administrator John Anderson and his lawyer for nearly two hours last night, but took no action.

It was the first meeting between the council and Anderson since his arrest last month on indecent exposure and lewdness charges.

When the council voted to enter nonpublic session shortly after 6:30 p.m., Anderson and attorney Cornelius Sullivan were nowhere to be seen.

But acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau confirmed after the session ended that Anderson and Sullivan were at the closed-door meeting, along with the town’s attorney, Thomas Closson.

Budreau declined to say why Anderson and Sullivan, who slipped in and out of the Municipal Center virtually unnoticed, were not in the council meeting room. Neither could be reached for comment after the meeting. Budreau was previously selected by the council to be the only person who could comment on Anderson’s situation.

When the council emerged from the nonpublic session at 8:19 p.m., Council Chairman Michael Fairbanks offered few details.

“No action has been taken,” Fairbanks announced. “The minutes have been sealed.”

The council proceeded to vote to enter its second nonpublic session of the evening. Budreau refused to comment until after the council’s second session. That session, which focused on a real estate matter, lasted half an hour.

Budreau would only say that Anderson was ready to return and the council’s decision to either keep or terminate him would be likely made sometime this month.

“He is eager to come back,” Budreau said.

He also said Anderson’s employment and criminal case were separate issues.

Anderson’s three-year contract ends Oct. 25. If he is fired “for cause” before then, he is entitled to six months of severance pay, according to his contract. Otherwise, he does not receive that pay.

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