ATKINSON — Officials are searching for a new Elderly Affairs director as town leadership considers installing security cameras to protect the department’s car fleet.
Resident and former Budget Committee member Dave Paquette was named Elderly Affairs director in October to replace former police Chief Phil Consentino, who was fired from the position last spring.
Town Administrator Bill Innes said officials were told earlier this week that Paquette “isn’t going to have the time to do the job this year.”
Paquette wasn’t available for comment yesterday, except to confirm he recently received a new job and that he was still directing the department, which he is appointed to lead through the end of April.
The search for a new director is expected to begin soon, but there are no hard feelings between the town and Paquette, according to Innes.
“We’re very pleased with the work he’s done, but he isn’t going to have the time going forward,” Innes said.
In addition to coming under a new leader last year, the department also relocated from the Police Department on Academy Avenue to the Community Center at 4 Main St.
Part of the reason at the time was because of the close relationship between Elderly Affairs and the town’s recreation department. The move came after a couple years of debate among town officials and residents, which included a deliberative session vote in 2012 to keep the department at the Police Station.
With the department’s relocation, four vehicles used to drive elderly residents to events and appointments are kept at the Community Center, which Innes said causes a concern for security.
“We want to make sure the cars that used to be parked at the police department are secure, and one of the subjects that came up are, ‘should we have security cameras to monitor that area?’” Innes said.