Greenville City Council Member Warns Of "Micro-Managing"

As a new interim city manager takes the reins in Greenville today, a city council member is speaking out about his colleagues on the council and the mayor.

Greenville City Council Member Calvin Mercer said in an email sent to constituents, "I am concerned about improper micro-management causing or contributing to the departure of excellent seasoned professionals from our city ranks." The comments follow the resignation of three top officials so far this year: the city manager, the police chief and the public works director.

"I do not want to see any more resignations of top staff," Mercer said, warning that the success of the interim city manager, Thom Moton, would depend "in large part" on whether Mayor Allen Thomas and the Greenville City Council can avoid micro-managing Moton and his staff.

At his retirement reception Wednesday, the outgoing city manager, Wayne Bowers, reiterated that his decision to retire around the same time the police chief and public works director resigned was coincidental.

Meanwhile, the search for permanent replacements for those posts continues.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 08:52 PM
    mercer is a big dem that hates change for the better. he kills jobs and the city growing
  • by In the know Location: NC on Mar 1, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    Why wasn't my earlier comment posted, WITN? Seems that whoever is moderating the comments doesn't want anything negative about Kandie or Dennis posted!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    Mr. Mercer, you need to clean out your own backyard before you start trying to clean out other council member's yard. Don't you realize you are just as much to blame. You are so self centered its not even real. Face it people see how you act of tv & its not flattering.
  • by Geezer Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM
    Boy the old saying the pot calling the kettle black comes into play here.We citizens of Greenville are in trouble with a city council like we have.With Rebel Rose and her voting partner Max Ray running the show woe be unto us.It has got to the place that Rosie will NEVER be voted out by her 'community' as long as it looks like she is getting something they really need ie: Dreampark and poor ole Max has surprised the few people who voted for him by being her YES man.Our city is in bad shape when decent,smart,HONEST people who have NO hidden agenda do not want to be involved with these clowns and run for council seats.I talk to folks daily who love this city grew up here and are afraid of whats happening and just like me cannot see themselves putting up with Rose,Max, Kandie,Dennis,Marian,Calvin and even our new Mayor and the self serving agendas these people have.Just look at what rose has done since being on council,got rid of 3 city managers,2 police chiefs,1 recreation director,a public works director,ran afoul of Federal govt with Weed and Seed money and caused MANY good citizens NOT to want to be involved with city govt.I only hope that we CAN get some decent citizens BOTH black and white to run and oust these current council members
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    Are you kidding! He is one of the main ones that micro-manages! He is such a joke.
  • by Jamie Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Why would someone want to stay here, we have an uneducated bunch of city council members with the exception of Blackburn and Mercer who cant even do their day job correctly, now we want them to run the city? lol. Go check out the Bio that some of these have put down for themselves its a good laugh I promise. When the time comes for Greenville to vote lets get these do nothings out of office.
  • by Very Concerned on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    Good for you Mr. Mercer! Most of the members are a joke and this new mayor lets his ego get in his way. I really did not care for Pat Dunn that much but I sure do miss her now! The mayor has a problem with anyone who he thinks is a little smarter than he is!
  • by To Nick Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    it's a 4/2 block vote not 5.Calvin is frustrated because he is unable to sway "the 4" to his reasoning. Right or wrong majority rules - that's the American Way!
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2012 at 09:20 AM
    Rumors/fact in the police department, I have heard that decisions by City statures which should be made by the Chief of Police have been over ridden by the CITY COUNCIL. No wonder the Temp Chief doesn't want he job, he wants to stay in Greenville instead of being forced out by the uneducated City Council.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:49 AM
    What a big crybaby. His side lost because of years of letting thugs run Greenville and now he is hoping to have that return?!?!
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