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Rindge planning director resigns after just 9 months on the job

  • Rindge Planning Director Matt Henry, who was hired in March, will work his last day for the town on Jan. 18 after resigning from the position last week.<br/><br/>Archive photo

    Rindge Planning Director Matt Henry, who was hired in March, will work his last day for the town on Jan. 18 after resigning from the position last week.

    Archive photo

  • Matt Henry resigned as Rindge Planning Director on Dec. 18.<br/><br/>Archive photo

    Matt Henry resigned as Rindge Planning Director on Dec. 18.

    Archive photo

  • Rindge Planning Director Matt Henry, who was hired in March, will work his last day for the town on Jan. 18 after resigning from the position last week.<br/><br/>Archive photo
  • Matt Henry resigned as Rindge Planning Director on Dec. 18.<br/><br/>Archive photo

RINDGE — Matt Henry, who was hired as Rindge’s planning director in March, resigned from the position last week, citing personal reasons. He’s held the position for just nine months.

Henry will work his last day for the town of Rindge on Jan. 18.

“It’s a perfect storm of a lot of things,” Henry said in an interview with the Ledger-Transcript on Dec. 20 about his decision to resign. “I have nothing bad to say about the town of Rindge. It was great to have worked with the Planning Board and I think they have a lot of energy behind the things that they are pursuing.”

Henry, a lifelong New Hampshire resident, made the transition from the town of Lincoln’s planning and zoning administrator to full-time Rindge planning director in April. He was hired at the conclusion of a national search to fill the position in March and was one of 13 applicants who applied.

Former acting planning director Robyn Payson of Rindge, who worked for the town’s Planning Department for eight years, was also among the applicants. Payson was recently hired as the town of Hillsborough’s planning director. She had previously been the part-time planning secretary for the town of Rindge between 2004 and 2007, and became the full-time planning assistant in August 2008. After Payson was appointed acting planning director, the full-time planning assistant position was eliminated.

Part-time Planning Secretary Susan Hoyland, who was hired in August, will continue to man Rindge’s planning office.

Henry delivered his resignation at the Dec. 18 Rindge Planning Board meeting. Henry said he told board members last week that his decision to resign is personal and that they were understanding and respectful upon hearing the news. “It is a great board and an amicable departure,” he said.

Planning Board Chair Kirk Stenersen could not be reached for comment by press time Monday.

Town Administrator Carlotta Lilback Pini told the Ledger-Transcript on Dec. 20 that Henry brought a lot of enthusiasm to his job and that he will be greatly missed.

“He was not here when the Plan N.H. folks came out and did the charrette, but he was able to jump in with both feet and embrace that project and move it forward,” Pini said, referring to the two-day workshop, or charrette, held in January, when townspeople met with architects and planners to discuss the future development of the Route 119 and Route 202 intersection in town.

She added that Henry has also been instrumental in leading the town’s Economic Development Task Force, which is reviewing plans for implementation of the recommendations from the charrette.

Pini said it is too early to say how the town will proceed to fill the position of planning director in 2013.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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