River Bend town council meets in closed session following town manager indictment

RIVER BEND, NC (WITN) - A town council met Thursday night and went into closed session days after learning their town manager had been indicted.

River Bend officials would not comment on the nature of the closed meeting, but this is the first time the council has met since learning of the indictment of Town Manager Delane Jackson on fraud charges stemming from his previous job.

A Bladen County grand jury on Monday indicted Jackson on one count of obtaining property by false pretense in excess of $100,000.

The SBI says Jackson is accused of taking funds from the town of Bladenboro while he was town manager.

We will provide updates when we learn if anything was decided during the closed session.


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An Eastern Carolina town manager has been indicted on fraud charges stemming from his previous job.

River Bend town manager Delane Jackson is still on the job today, according to River Bend Mayor John Kirkland.

A Bladen County grand jury on Monday indicted Jackson on one count of obtaining property by false pretense in excess of $100,000. The SBI says Jackson is accused of taking funds from the town of Bladenboro while he was town manager.

WECT-TV reports that in 2013 Jackson was forced to resign. The station says the SBI began investigating Jackson and Cygnus, a company that won a contract to provide wastewater treatment for the town, in October 2017.

Jackson has been at River Bend since 2014. The mayor told us this morning that he has "full confidence" in his town manager, and doesn't see his status as manager changing any time soon.