NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Board of Elections has signed a petition asking for the North Carolina State Board of Elections to remove director Marvin McFadyen.
The board signed the petition following a closed door meeting Wednesday morning. All three members of the board signed, including Tannis Nelson, whose objection to McFadyen's removal was noted.
"I felt it was very important for the board to present an evaluation, an annual evaluation of the director," Nelson explained after the meeting.
She said McFadyen hadn't been given a recent evaluation and she thought he deserved one before he was terminated.
"He should have the opportunity to defend himself. He should have opportunity to speak to what he's being charged with," she elaborated.
The 44 page petition states that McFadyen fails as a workplace supervisor citing insufficient staffing at voting precincts in the November elections, as well as employee accounts that claim McFadyen is intimidating, as evidence of the director's poor performance on the job.
The petition also mentions McFadyen's arrest on charges of assaulting a female at his home on Croquet Drive in November. Alcohol may have been involved in that incident.
The victim said McFadyen threw her against a wall several times before leaving the home. McFadyen has two prior DWI charges from incidents he says happened over two decades ago.
McFadyen was directed to leave his office following the meeting Wednesday.
"I think that the action that we took today is a step towards being responsible to the people, to the citizens, to the voters, to the county, to the state. This is a very important function," said Jon Ferrante, Chairman of the New Hanover County Board of Elections.
The final decision to remove McFadyen will now be up to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Ferrante said Derek Bowens, another employee at the local board of elections, will now oversee McFadyen's duties in the office.
McFadyen said he will still work from home while the petition is considered. Follow this link to read the full 44 page petition document http://bit.ly/1yCsqDF