Sunset Beach mayor resigns, new manager hired

Sunset Beach mayor resigns, new manager hired

SUNSET BEACH, NC (WECT) - Sunset Beach mayor Greg Weiss announced he is resigning during Monday night’s town council meeting.

Weiss made the announcement at the end of the regularly scheduled meeting, indicating it will be effective at close of business Tuesday.

Weiss was sworn in only months ago as mayor on Oct. 1, 2018.

“Sometimes in working together, honest people see things differently,” Mayor Weiss said during his closing remarks. “And sometimes one or more of those people may feel that a process has worked in a way that makes them so uncomfortable that they feel a need to take action. So I’m taking this opportunity to announce that I am resigning as mayor effective tomorrow afternoon at 5 o’clock.”

Mayor Weiss said he would work to fulfill a couple citizen requests for assistance before leaving office.

“I thank the council and I thank the community for the opportunity to serve as mayor,” Weiss said. "I hope I have made some contribution and I’m sorry I couldn’t have done more.”

Weiss replaced Robert Forrester, who stepped down in March 2018 after the town council’s decision to fire town administrator Susan Parker.

Town council also made news in terms of hiring a new administrator, voting 3-2 to offer interim Town Administrator Hiram Marziano the full-time position at an annual salary of $95,000.

The selection of Marziano was not without controversy, as council member Rich Cerrato expressed his disappointment with town council preferring not to use a professional search firm to look for the next town manager. Cerrato claimed the process took longer due to the lack of a search firm.

“For this town to have this issue on its most important position will send a disappointing message,” Rich Cerrato said.

Cerrato and council member Jan Harris were the no votes on Marziano’s appointment.

“I will do my best to hopefully change the opinions of some of you. I will strive to do the work we have been doing over the last year. And I won’t let you down,” Marziano said in accepting the offer to manage the town.

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