BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Brunswick County is losing a leader to another county in the state.
Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing is moving on to the same job in Guildford County.
Lawing was hired last week by county commissioners but not everyone is rolling out the red carpet for him.
Three commissioners in Guilford County recently expressed concerns about Lawing and his ability to do the job fairly in their community.
They said in an open meeting that their research shows Lawing hasn't hired a minority or female to senior management in Brunswick County.
Lawing denied those allegations to WECT.com on Monday.
According to Lawing, he currently has eight females and one minority in managerial positions.
The females are currently department heads of human resources, finance, library services, operations services, public housing, social services, soil and water and veteran services.
Leslie Bell is the only minority department head and serves as planning director.
Guilford commissioners also accused Lawing of trying to fire Bell multiple times. Lawing denied those claims as well. He said he gave Bell more responsibilities because of his excellent job performance.
Regardless, one commissioner was concerned over what was said in Lawing's interview.
"When you ask Mr. Lawing about hiring different people of diverse backgrounds he did give the excuse, in my opinion, that you can't find them and I just don't believe that is ever a good excuse that you cannot find certain people, women or African Americans, for a certain position," said county commissioner Bruce Davis.
Lawing believes the things said in his interview were taken out of context by Guilford commissioners.
He intends to sit down with the commissioners who voted against hiring him on his first day on the job, which is May 6.
Lawing's last day with Brunswick County May 3.
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