Town Manager Herb Durfee is home, recovering from a car accident that occurred on February 10 in Colchester. “At this time it is not known when he will return to work,” said acting Town Manager Phil Dechert in an email. “We hope it is within a month or two.”
Mr Dechert is expected to serve as acting Town Manager until then, although he cannot work for the Town beyond April 30 because of certain retirement rules. The Town may hire a contractor to handle most of Mr Dechert's responsibilities as Planning and Zoning Director.
While acting as Town Manager, Phil Dechert will oversee a committee interviewing candidates to replace Steve Leinoff, who is retiring as Fire Chief. Not known is whether the acting Town Manager will be involved in union negotiations for the labor contract that expires on June 30