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August 1, 2013

Londonderry expected to name new manager

Former gubernatorial candidate's top is on lots of lips

LONDONDERRY — There’s nothing official yet, but many expect former GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith to be named Londonderry’s new town manager tonight.

The Town Council is expected to make the announcement tonight. It’s a long-awaited decision. The town hasn’t had a permanent town ,manager for more than a year, after former Town Manager David Caron left in June 2012.

Town councilors will meet tonight at 7 at Town Hall.

Police Chief William Hart has served as interim town manager for about a year.

He was tight-lipped yesterday.

“I’m not in a position to comment on that,” Hart said.

He referred all questions to Town Council Chairman John Farrell.

But Farrell didn’t have anything to say about it.

All Town Council business must be conducted at the meeting tonight, he said.

Farrell did say a town manager “update” would be given.

“All Town Council business has to happen in public,” he said.

Calls to Smith’s home yesterday were not returned.

In February, town councilors had narrowed their search to a top candidate, but that individual took a different job.

The job was re-advertised. Farrell said the town received 120 applications during the second round.

Farrell said all application information was kept confidential throughout the selection process. Councilors are following the rules for how and when to release the information to the public, he said.

Smith, 36, has deep roots in Londonderry. The Winchester, Mass., native moved to town in the mid-1980s, graduating from Londonderry High School in 1994 and then the University of New Hampshire in Manchester.

He has been very active in state and local politics and served the town as a state representative from 1996 to 1998. He ran for governor in 2012, losing in the Republican primary to Ovide Lamontagne.

Smith also served on the staffs of former Gov. Craig Benson and former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, R-N.H. He was assistant director of the state’s Division of Juvenile Justice Services and the executive director of Cornerstone Action.

Smith, a father of three, lives in Litchfield.

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