No one from the public showed up until after the council’s regular meeting began. Eight people were present.
The nonpublic session last night came three weeks after councilors met with Anderson and his attorney, Cornelius Sullivan, for nearly two hours behind closed doors Sept. 11 without taking any action.
It was the first meeting between the council and Anderson since his arrest. Anderson and his lawyer slipped in and out of the Municipal Center virtually unnoticed, without entering the council meeting room. Neither could be reached for comment after the meeting that night.
Anderson could not be reached for comment at his home last night.
Budreau would only say at the meeting Sept. 11 that Anderson was ready to return and the council’s decision to keep or terminate him would be likely made by month’s end.
“He is eager to come back,” Budreau said last month.
Budreau also said at the time that 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. He does not receive that pay otherwise.
“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.
Anderson was initially on paid leave, then placed on unpaid leave by the Town Council following a unanimous vote Aug. 20.
Anderson surrendered to authorities Aug. 28, nearly two weeks after an arrest warrant was issued by state police. He was released on $2,000 personal recognizance and is to be arraigned Oct. 11 in 10th Circuit Court in Derry.