CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - After resignations from three leaders in Carolina Beach, councilman Lonnie Lashley is shedding light on why he and his co-workers quit.
"He was offered to resign or to be fired and I can't go beyond that," said Lashley.
Those were the options in front of long-time town manager Tim Owens Tuesday night.
"He was asked because a number of people on our council didn't think he was doing a job up to their level," said Lashley. "Both Mayor Rothrock and myself didn't think it was justified, the three other council members thought it was."
Lashley said he became emotional and made a hasty decision.
"I think that Tim has done a very good job and I wanted to show my support for him and I did show it, unfortunately it was in the wrong way," said Lashley. "It was a mistake."
The remaining three leaders say town business is moving forward.
"We've had numerous managers, numerous mayors, numerous council people, no one is irreplaceable," said Steve Shuttleworth, Mayor pro-temp. "Right now what we're doing is we're focused on town's business, the rest of those things will fall into place as they're meant to be."
The town has appointed Ed Parvin as the temporary town manager and are in the process of filling the empty seats.
Lashley wants to come back.
"If they ask me to come back, I'll be more than happy to come back and serve as a council member," said Lashley. "I love this community, I made a mistake, and I'm asking for their forgiveness."
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