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My Turn: Government 'overreach' in Bladen County

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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. 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.

Our elected leaders never cease to amaze me. They must think I need subject matter for my segments.

The latest example of what I consider "government overreach" comes from a small town in Bladen County called Bladenboro. It's been a busy time for the folks there. In November, they voted to change their form of government, which basically means eliminating a town manager position that held a lot of power in that community.

Two weeks ago, the outgoing town council rewarded the soon-to-be ousted town manager by naming him to a new position, town administrator. They also gave him a big contract with a six month severance package should he be fired.

Guess what? This lame duck council then proceeded to ask for the manager's resignation on their last day in office this week. That move granted him the nice severance package at the taxpayers' expense.

This is a rural community and a small town. Nothing will probably come from these "maneuvers" other than the shame that this type of behavior is allowed to happen and no one will have to answer for it. It just doesn't seem right.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

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