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August 23, 2013

Editorial: Anderson has lost ability to lead

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The salesman left and called his supervisor. The supervisor arrived and, seeing how upset the salesman was, called police. Before police arrived, the two saw Anderson run from the house and drive off in a blue Toyota, according to the affidavit. The license plate indicated the car was Anderson’s and the salesman later identified Anderson from a photo lineup.

Derry police handed the matter over to state police to avoid a conflict of interest. The state police presented the results of their investigation to Rockingham County Attorney James Reams.

Anderson faces up to a year in jail on each of the two charges.

The Town Council placed Anderson on paid leave July 12 and named Assistant Town Administrator Larry Budreau the acting town administrator. After the arrest warrant was issued Friday, the council voted to conduct its own inquiry into the matter. Budreau said Tuesday that inquiry would continue into September.

That’s simply ridiculous. The New Hampshire State Police and the county attorney are the experts here and the results of their “inquiries” were two charges against Anderson. The Town Council is hardly equipped to do any better.

Anderson, who earns $124,962 a year, has taken the town’s money for more than a month without providing any work in return. His three-year contract is up for renewal this fall.

Some defense attorneys we questioned say it may be difficult to convict Anderson on the charges as the behavior occurred not in public but in his home. Others said the venue does not matter; more relevant is that the behavior was unwanted by the victim and caused offense.

Whether Anderson can be convicted on the charges is irrelevant. This is not the kind of behavior taxpayers should tolerate from their public officials. Anderson’s behavior as described in the affidavit was childish, offensive and unprofessional.

Anderson has embarrassed the town enough. He must go.

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