Bedford names Sawyer town manager

On Wednesday, April 13, the Bedford Town Council appointed acting town manager and planning director Rick Sawyer as town manager, with a five year contract.

"The town council is thrilled to have Rick on board," said Town Council Chairwoman Kelleigh Murphy.

"Rick has been a dedicated, insightful and innovative addition to the town since 2007 when he began as planning director. His leadership style is one that is universally respected amongst council members, department heads, employees and the public, and we are honored to have him at the helm," she said.

Speaking specifically to the 5-year contract term, Murphy emphasized that one of the main reasons behind pushing to abolish the residency requirement was so that the town could attract candidates who would remain in Bedford for some time. "A 5-year term is everyone’s way of showing that they are in this for the long haul, and that we are all looking not only to tomorrow, but to the future of this town."

Sawyer has served as acting town manager for the town of Bedford since June 2015 and as planning director and zoning administrator since 2007.

Prior to working in Bedford, Sawyer was the deputy planning manager for the city of Nashua for 10 years.

Sawyer is a graduate of Rutgers University where he obtained a bachelor of science in landscape architecture and studied in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Massachusetts. He is a 2014 graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire program.

A New Hampshire native having been raised in Stratham and graduating from Exeter High School, Sawyer now lives in Exeter with his wife Laura and two children.

"I am deeply grateful for the trust and confidence placed in me by the council, employees and citizens of Bedford. I owe a great deal of thanks to the department heads, the planning staff and my family for their support during my period as acting town manager. I would not be in this position today without it," Sawyer said.

"I have a tremendous amount of pride in the relationships that I have formed with residents, the business community, coworkers and elected officials over the last nine years as planning director and I look forward to growing those connections as town manager. We have some interesting challenges ahead, and I can’t wait to get to work with the management team on ensuring that Bedford continues to be the best place to live, raise a family and grow a business in the state," he said.