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.