October 26, 2010
Meet the New Boss
Yesterday marked John Anderson's first in Derry's corner office, as he officially took over as town administrator for Gary Stenhouse, who retired after three years at the helm.
"Today's been great," said Anderson yesterday, after spending the day meeting with town hall employees and police personnel. "The staff here are wonderful, from Gary all the way down."
Anderson, who comes to Derry after a decade as town manager in Boothbay, Maine, said he'll spend the coming weeks getting to know his new coworkers, town officials and the wider community.
"What I want to do is reach out to the community and show that we're one big town of Derry and all in this together."
And Anderson will literally be neighbors with the people of Derry, as he continues moving into his Lane Road home this week.
And although a Derry residence was not required for the post, Anderson said he knew he wanted to live in town.
"There are some of us in this profession that say it's nice to go home at night and not take the job with you, but I'm of the other camp," he said. "I think that if you're going to lead a community you need to live there."