Londonderry Seeks New Town Manager

The Town of Londonderry, NH is seeking an effective leader with a proven record of innovative, professional management experience to serve as the new Town Manager. The position requires oversight of many of the Town’s operations and candidates must possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, among other qualities.

The Town Manager position requires a person to be responsible for administrative and financial affairs of the Town, overseeing day-to-day operations by managing all departments, and implementing policies established by the Town Council. The Town Manager will also oversee a $32 million annual budget and a workforce of over 200, most of which are covered by 6 collective bargaining agreements.

The successful candidate must possess the ability to effectively promote organizational excellence, exceptional community services, and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a high level of ethics and integrity.

Educational and work experience requirements include ten years of relevant senior management experience and a Bachelors degree in public administration or a related field. MPA or related advanced degree is strongly preferred. The Town Manager need not be a resident of the Town or the State of New Hampshire at the time of appointment, but may reside outside of Town while in office only with the approval of four members of the Town Council.

Please send cover letters and resumes via email to hr(at)londonderrynh.org, or mail to:
Town of Londonderry
Attn: Human Resources – TM
268B Mammoth Road
Londonderry, NH 03053

The application deadline is August 31, 2012. For more information, visit the Town of Londonderry website.

Londonderry is located in Rockingham County in southern New Hampshire, approximately 40 minutes northwest of Boston, and occupies 42 square miles of land. Londonderry has a diverse character, combining residential, commercial, industrial and recreational activities, while maintaining its quality of life by supporting an excellent school system, preserving thousands of acres of open space and encouraging land use practices to promote a healthy suburban lifestyle.  Londonderry also promotes economic opportunity as host of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the Town’s proximity to Interstate 93 and the greater Boston area.

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  1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    Ahhhh yes, the wonderful differences between the Dreaded Private Sector and being on the Public side of the isle. I am a bit peeved about the “severance package” given to Mr. Caron. He resigned, didn’t he? So why are we, the tax payers, paying him for 7 months? Why is he still getting medical insurance payback of $125 a week? $350 a week contribution to his retirement?

    He quit. Period. We should pay him his “unused” vacation and sick pay, which I disagree with, but it is probabl;y in his contract. I’ll bet it is months worth of pay at his current rate when a large percentage was fro years ago, lower pay rate.

    To any public union member or representative: This is one of issues that is getting those of us who pay your salary and benifits a bit upset. Like WI, we will eventually have to reign these contractis in, or we’ll be bankrupt like Stockton CA.

  2. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    To Ken from the Londonderry newpaper today he had a 4.5 year employment contract. “Caron’s most recent contract, dated Dec. 7, 2009, covers the period Jan. 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014, and was signed by the Town Council at that time – Michael Brown, Kathy Wagner, Brian Farmer, Paul DiMarco and Sean O’Keefe”

  3. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    Yes, but every contract I have seen or been part of goes two ways. I pay you, I get this in return. He resigned. He is not filling his end of the contract, why should I? If you do the math, we are giving him almost $100,000 ( not including unused vacation and sick time ). What am I, as a tax payer, getting in return for this $100,000? His possible involvement in a lawsuit of someone files one over the impact fee issue? Sorry, but a judge can get him to participate, one way or another, without a 7 month package.

    Just to be clear, I have nothing against Mr. Caron on this issue, but maybe when we write a contract for the next town manager, someone should insert: If you resign, we give you bupkiss.

  4. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1In the "real" world.

    You work for 32 years for the same mass company (international, doing quite well for stock holders) , You get sick, this leads to a major illness which leads to surgery, then 8 weeks of treatment. Then another 2 surgery’s and another round of 8 weeks of treatment. Your lucky you have disablity insurance and can work on getting back to the job, without many worries. Then the doctor wants to do one more surgery, followed by 30 days of radiation treatments. BUT your into your 6 month of disability and your company sends you a letter informing you that you are no longer employed and should apply for long term disability and social security. You lose your health care coverage but are offered corbra coverage at 675 a month. You recieve your unused vacation time, but lose sick time, and all the other insurance coverage you pay for weekly for the past 32 years. There’s no thanks for a job well done, no party with the gold watch. Nothing but worries, as if you don’t pay the cobra coverage because your house payments leave very little in extra money, but losing the health care coverage means your treatment that is helping to prevent you from getting sicker and even more treatments will be needed, you decide to hold on to the house, as its more or less your only investment and you did it all correctly, meaning you put down 40% when you bought it but as we all know, our homes aren’t worth what they once were. So, what do you do, what can you do, but take every day as it comes and pray that the worst case won’t be as bad as your thinking.

    I have no problems with the town manager… and I am not real comfortable about sharing this story with everyone, but this is what’s been dealt to us, we seem to have lots of things we get dealt with, and with love, friends and an awesome doctor, this too shall pass. I just wish my wife’s company would look at their employee’s as people and not just a line on a spread sheet…. We need to start looking at how we are spending the homeowners tax money before we bankrupt the town.
    thanks

    1. -2 Vote -1 Vote +1Kim

      Sorry for your hardship, “Real”. Sounds like you’re advocating for Obamacare.

      If we lament how poorly private companies treat their employees in a healthcare crisis, then why are we wondering why we shouldn’t be just as cold and ruthless with our employees as taxpayers?

      1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

        Kim, It isn’t Mr Caron that is having a health issue, it is a “family” member. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but that could be his great uncle Stan, age 94. No-one outside of a few at our town hall know the true story, and while I don’t wish anyone a hard time or bad health, the big issue is the severance package. This package is over $100,000 for resigning his position. Is that 1.5 fire fighters for a year? 3 teachers? The brick siding for 1/2 of our town hall? ( sorry for sliding this one in here, but I’ll never forget the $200,000 the siding cost above and beyond what the voters approved )

        The other part of this has yet to come out in full, and that is the impact fee issue. Was it really a minor oversight, or something illegal? I read somewhere that Caron was notified of the issue over a year ago, but did nothing to correct it. Again, oversight, or something more?

        With all the questions still lingering, we are now on the hook for $100,000. Like I said before, it is time to add: You resign, we owe you nothing to all future public employee contracts.

        1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

          Ken we don’t always agree but this time I am with you.

          Not only should it be written into all contract that if You resign, we owe you nothing. I would hope all councils moving forward never renew a Town Managers contract for 5 years. Review them every year just like all of us in the private sector. Not preforming. the town can let them go without a severance package from heaven.

          1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

            But is anyone on the town council reading these posts? It is past time that ALL public employee contracts get serious reviews, and cut back to be more in line with the private sector. I am confident that someday they will be, but wonder if that will be because we, as tax payers woke up, of if we, as a town, just cannot afford it any longer. I hope we wake up first.

          2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

            Instead of wondering if the TC reads this stuff, why don’t you go to a TC meeting and express yourself as you do here.
            It will do more good than here.

  5. Vote -1 Vote +1In the "real" world.

    My point was not for the presidents health care bill., it was simply to say that after 32 years of good service, (reviews, pay increases, job promotions to prove it) she isn’t walking out the door with anything but a safety net, provided by the goverment! She had a pension plan, and always paid into it, but 5 years ago it was transfered to J.P. Morgan and had almost 200,000 in it, we recieved the quarter statement just this afternoon, 62,000 is all thats left in it. J.P. Morgon Chase seems to have lost the rest, thou not fault of ours! I also think that getting yourself healthy and yes, that is where she is heading, with 2 weeks of radation treatments left, to go back to her LOVED job, but because this company considers readation treatments, to mean she isn’t able to return to full duty, they said she could not return until treatments were over, even with making arangements to do the treatments, before work, after work, or during her lunch hour.

    I am sorry but to quit your job and still recieve pay and health insurance up until MARCH 2013 does not happen in the “real” world. I am not looking for pity or help, i was just relaying a real life story of someone that is just trying to live in londonderry and pay their taxes.
    But not too worry, i believe things happen for reasons and we have gone thou lots worse and came out on the other side even stronger. I have no doubts that her and I can overcome anything that comes our way, but to be honest a 100,000 package as she walked out the door would certainly make things a bit easier.
    Just because it’s your job, does not make it right and you may have to answer for it someday….. just a thought

  6. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Rick

    David Caron did not just resign. He was forced to resign by the town council. The town council was on the hot seat over the impact fee’s and he was the fall guy. You know there is always a fall guy. The severance agreement was the cost of him being the fall guy. The illegal impact fee collection has been going on for years. Many past and present councilor’s were aware. Why do you think the funds were still escrow. This town spends every penny they collect from us and more!!

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      You make a legitimate point, if his resignation was forced. We’ll never know, because even if people go to the next meeting and inquire, the TC will call this a personal issue not to be discussed in an open meeting.

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1Harry Magee

        WELL !!
        IT HAS FINALLY HAPPENED THE MA BORDER HAS REACHED EXIT 4
        THE GOOD OLD BOY NETWORK HAS BEEN EXPOSED NICE!!!

        1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

          Can we put a fence up at the boarder to keep more MA people from moving up?

  7. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Once Again

    So someone screwed up, gets asked to leave and then gets rewarded. Sorry but Mr. Caron is at his home laughing all the way to the bank. What else will be found if there was a investigation launched by the state?. I am disappointed in the new councilor if he agreed to this severence pay. The council should be held liable for there actions and why do we as tax payers have to pay for there mistakes?. Who the heck in there right mind would agree to this? The next town manager should be made to live within the town within the 1st year unlike Mr. Caron. And for his privacy, he is a town employee, nothing is secret. I hope that we will be able to survive with the councilors blunder. Honestly, all the councilors, even the new one should resign.

  8. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Scott

    @OnceAgain,

    I am in agreement with you about Dave Caron’s severance pay deal. It truly is a shame and the fact that it happened is unbelievable. Shame on the Council. I definitely want to know more about this deal and why it even happened. I also agree that the next Town Manager (TM), should be required to live in Town within a year of employment. I’ve had enough with department heads living out of town. I do not agree with you on Dave’s privacy being violated, however. I applaud the TC and Interim Town Manager Hart, on respecting Dave’s privacy as it is a personal, medical issue. A personal matter, especially a personal – medical matter is just that; personal and should be treated as such. I cannot imagine if you or a loved one were sick, god forbid, that you would want that made public. The fact that the TC is protecting and preserving Dave’s privacy speaks volumes and I appreciate that. Your comment about the TC “being held liable for their actions” makes Absolutley no sense. Our old TM was doing the wrong thing for a long time (impact fees), through many different councils and finally, the present council has acted on it. I thank them for that and expect nothing less. Finally, I would like to know why you think the councilors should resign? For doing the right thing??

  9. +6 Vote -1 Vote +1John

    Shame on the Town Council! Let me get ths straight, they will not release ANY specifics on the demise of our Town Manager but they are comfortable (4-0 vote) giving him a giant financial gift going out the door! How is this body comfortable giving money away after a huge screw up but they don’t have the courage to hire a police officer or firefighter without town voter approval?

    The police department has lost an officer due to budget cuts and the chief is across the street because of this “situation”! The fire department is only safe at a fire if it’s shift change! And I am not assured of a timely emergency response to my house because the Town Council fails to act on certain matters without voter approval. However, we are paying a guy a lot of money to stay home….yea, that’s logical. I can’t wait for them to hire the next guy this Fall so we can pay two salaries simultaneously!

    I wonder if the residents getting foreclosed on this month think our Town Council is doing a great job!

    Let’s hope there is a public meeting called on this issue. The squirming will be fantastic!

  10. Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    Stop complaining the Town Council in 2010 agreed to a huge contract. All of you from the private sector welcome to the Government sector. This is the exact world Obama advocates for everyone. Remember we are all equal. Good luck and good riddance. Next…

    1. +4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      I doubt the contracts wording contains something like:

      If you resign your position, we will pay you a full salary, the $125 per week to be on your spouses health insurance, and $350 towards your retirement while you sit poolside.

      I know a contract can contain a severance package for certain issues, but for resigning under a dark cloud? I am sorry, but this is an outrage.

  11. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    For John we have 5 councilors. Seems to me that the PD & FD are doing just fine without your approvals. Maybe they acted in the best interest of the taxpayer. Maybe you are missing a lot of facts. Show up at the next council meeting and ask your questions. I plan on being at the meeting.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Acted in the best interest of the tax payer by giving out this package? Are you suggesting something shady here? There is quite a bit we don’t know, and probably never will.

  12. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1John

    Hey Bill, thanks so much for the overnight civics lesson on the number of town councilors. However, this all started with a 4-0 vote, because Dolan was absent. Also thank you for the invite to the next meeting, I will take you up on it. But……as far as facts are concerned I think I have a pretty good grasp. We did lose a SRO, the Police Chief now has two jobs and the FD is woefully understaffed.

  13. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    $100,000 is what, 1.5 fire fighters? Skip the new SUV for $35K, and would we have 2 new fire fighters?

  14. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    Different Bill Here.
    The council can sugar coat this any way they want to. Read between the lines. This guy was fired. It appeasrs that they will need his cooperation going forward for any number of reasons, and the “severance package” was a way of keeping him on board. I’m not usually a conspiracy type. However, does anyone else find the timing of his “family matter” coinciding with the revelation of the impact fee issue a little suspect. Then the person tabbed to tempoarily replace the TM, even though we have an asst Tm, is the police chief. A person that has extensive expertise in investigations and happens to have been a prosecutor. Then after a short period of time the council accepts the “resignation” of the TM. Then the latest shoe to drop is that the acting TM reorganizes the TM’s department. Usually that would be left up to the new TM that is hired. I said that I’m usually not a conspiracy type, BUT……

  15. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

    The next town manager should be a Londonderry Resident. This way the new TM will have vested interest, and might think twice about spending their own taxpayer dollars.

    Look at the party in that building because they don’t live here, and do not have to be accountable to their community.

  16. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

    Fred2, that is nonsense. The dept heads do not vote in this town. You only have to look at the number of people who voted last election. The spending in town is controlled by “those” people!

    1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

      Martin,

      Community Divider. Guess you took a page out of Obama’s book!

      1. Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

        I wouldn’t take anything from Obama!

        1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Fred2

          Sure you do. What did you mean by “those” people? People who don’t share you political views. Looks like you are trying to divide the community.

          1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin Srugis

            Very simple, those people who bothered to go to vote! Less than 12% of registered voters bothered to go vote on a 66.5 mil school budget or the 25 million town budget.
            Did you go and vote?

  17. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    “Those” people didn’t vote for the $100,000 though, did they…

  18. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

    Ken

    You should run for office. You have a lot on interesting ideas and thoughts.

    1. -3 Vote -1 Vote +1mike

      Bill,
      you havent figured it out yet??? all Ken is, is a name behind a computer. he just loves to slap his dump posts up on the wall… but youll never see him come out of his house! never mind a town meeting…

      1. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

        Mike, I made almost every Town Meeting since I moved here 17 years ago. I have also voted in every election that I can remember. As far as Town Council meetings, I have been to a couple, but I work 60 hours a week in the dreaded private sector, and by 9, I am in bed, as I am up at 5, in my office at 6 AM. I am not sitting at these meetings all night, but I will be at the Woodmont meeting in September.

        But Mike, I am also not hiding behind just a first name on these posts. Keeps me a bit more civil than some.

  19. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    No chance. I do not have the time, or the desire. If I did, state wide, the first thing I would do is follow WI lead, and eliminate the town or state from withholding union dues. If they want to belong, let them pay their own dues. That one move would reduce union membership by 40%.

    But all that is posting for another day, as it is not Caron / Bribe related.

  20. Vote -1 Vote +1Shamus

    Ken, your statement is wrong. The unions in town pay their own dues and the town does not withhold them. Stop misleading the good visitors of this site please. Thank you.

  21. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

    So you are saying that every union member in town writes a check every month to pay their dues? I am not sure about that. I believe the town withholds union dues from the pay, and then sends one check to the union. Anyone here know, and could clrify this process?

  22. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ashley

    Ken,

    My husband and I had the same question so I emailed the town. There are two options available to our public servants; the first option is to write a check for their dues once a week. The second option is to have the dues deducted automatically out of their paychecks. Most opt for the automatic deduction. The town does not withhold any dues.

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Thanks for the info. I would have bet $100 we withheld the dues.

  23. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1mike

    Can someone please ban Ken MCLOWN from this website! shut up ken

    1. Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      So you want to ban people that have a different opinion or ideas than yours?

      1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

        I’ll debate the issues, stand by my opinions, and admit when I am wrong. Maybe people who throw out disrespectful posts should be limited in their access here.

    2. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      Now there is a variation of my name I haven’t heard since middle school……. How clever.

  24. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Phil

    Ken,

    Why do you always say “the dreaded private sector”??

    I work in the private sector and it’s been very good to me. Bonuses, raises and time off.

    Nothing dreaded about the private sector here!

    1. -1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

      I must admit, I have enjoyed my career as well, as I am closing in on 30 years. But over that time, my compensation / benefits have not kept pace with those in the public sector. The term is one Howie Carr uses quite often to describe how public employees look at the rest of us, as many wouldn’t leave their public jobs for a private sector job due to the lose of benies. Did you happen to see the article about a police officer retiring to join the private sector? He is 48……..

      1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Harry Magee

        Yup!! this is why i can not get my orders in time along with answers because your on line playing with your freinds
        and jousting with Mike !!
        oh and Ken don’t knock police officers & fireman that are doing a job that you would not do !!!
        maybe just say thank you! when in the presence of either
        now get back to work!!!!

        1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

          Chirping from the peanut gallery, telling me to get back to work while he is blogging at 9:18 AM. ( Coffee break my butt ) I give your PO’s the level of attention they deserve. maybe if you sold something bigger than a jelly jar once in a while…. Ask Paul for training on selling a real project :0

          On a serious note, I am related to two policemen, both seargants, and I have the utmost respect for cops and firefighters. All public employee contracts need to be brought in line with the private sector. That’s “fairness” isn’t it? See ya later Harry….

          1. +1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

            According to Obama that makes us all equal. Welcome to change Ken How do you like it so far?

          2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1B

            So Ken back in the 80s when everyone in the private sector was doing great and the public employees made a fraction of the pay in the private sector were you one of the people campaigning for the public workers to get raises? Like as you said”All public employee contracts need to be brought in line with the private sector. That’s “fairness” isn’t it?” No one cared back then that they were grossly underpaid. I was at a town meeting a few years ago when a former town councilor said he no longer made $100,000 a year anymore, a look in the town report shows a lot of town employees that have NEVER made $100,000.

          3. Vote -1 Vote +1Ken McLoon

            B, Thank your for almost making my point. You are correct, that back in the early 80′s, most public employees dod make less than their private sector counter parts. That is why they were given the more lucrative benifits, as an offset to the lower pay. The problem over the past 30 years is that through step increases on top of COLA increases during recessions where the private sector saw 0 increases, or even declines in income, the pay scales are now equal. But the benifit packages have changed, with the private sector giving up quite a bit while the public sector has given up nothing, or very little.

            So does that mean we should be paying “Becky” a lot more today because “Paul” got the short end 30+ years ago? And how long can we afford to do so?

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