The former town manager in Bladenboro became the new town administrator and some residents say they are unhappy with the terms of Delane Jackson's new contract.
BLADENBORO, NC (WECT) - Bladenboro Town Administrator Delane Jackson has resigned.
The mayor made the request, and Jackson accepted the terms of resignation offered to him by the town council.
The resignation is effective as of noon Monday.
According to a letter from the mayor, Jackson will be paid a severance package in accordance with his contract.
This is a transcription of the mayor's letter:
After consultation with the Board of Commissioners the Town of Bladenboro, a majority of them believe that it would be in the best interest of you and the town for you to resign. As Mayor, and as a representative of the board, I am hereby delivering this offer for you to accept resignation. In order to allow you time to remove your personal belongings from Town Hall the resignation can be effective at noon Friday December 6, 2013. In accordance with your contract, you will be immediately paid your severance package along with all other benefits accrued vacation pay and longevity pay.
I personally regret that your career with the town is ending in such a manner. You have been an excellent employee with the town and I have enjoyed working with you since 1998. Many good things have been accomplished during your tenure as town Manager/Administrator . I wish you the very best in your future endeavors.
Livingston Lewis, Mayor
Jackson's contract states, if he is fired for any reason other than a felony conviction, he will be entitled to six months pay or more than $30,000.
He would also be paid whatever vacation time he has earned for his time with Bladenboro, which is about two months worth.
This is a transcription of Jackson's letter in response to the request to resign:
I accept the terms of resignation offered to me from the Town Council and hereby submit my resignation to the Town of Bladenboro as Town Administrator. I will leave my office as soon as possible but no later than noon on December 9th, 2013.
It has been challenging and rewarding to work with the Town of Bladenboro for the past 16 years. You have been mayor during my entire career with the town. I appreciate the opportunity to be the town manager in my home town. Due to the cooperation and dedication between you, the board and a number of others, many good things have been accomplished during our time of working together. I am proud of what has been accomplished. As you know, there are many more important projects that are currently ongoing. I hope that they can be successfully completed for the benefit of the Town.
I regret the events that have transpired in Bladenboro over the past few months. They have been very divisive and have caused ill will within the community. I hope the town can heal from the wounds that have recently been created. I hope personal agendas can be put aside and that people can work together to do what is best for the residents of the Town of Bladenboro.
Jackson was also served an arrest warrant earlier this month for simple assault and a criminal summons for communicating threats in connection with an incident at Bo's Food Store. He turned himself in and was released on a $500 bond.