Southport City Manager resigns

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – Pat Thomas has resigned as City Manager in Southport, according to Mayor Robert Howard.

Howard tells WECT he received Thomas' letter of resignation on Friday, just one day after a Board of Aldermen meeting and town celebration over the release of the movie "Safe Haven".

"He is a wonderful city manager, and we will sorely miss him," said Mayor Howard. "He did a wonderful job for us."

Thomas took the job in Southport in April of 2012 after serving as Town Manager of Swansboro, in Onslow County.  His resignation in Southport is effective on April 16. Howard says Thomas' letter did not include a reason for the decision, and did not specify any details on his immediate future plans.

"We will bring the Board together and discuss what to do next," Howard said. "This took me by surprise, and several others as well. No one saw this coming."

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