New Bern City Manager Resigns, Mayor: Expect More Resignations

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New Bern's City Manger since July 2010 resigned Tuesday night and the mayor says expect more people to step down from city government positions.

Mayor Lee Bettis says Mike Epperson's resignation will be effective December 30th.

Bettis tells WITN: "It's not unexpected. I think we re going to see more resignations in the near future, because people do not want to work with Dana Outlaw."

Outlaw was elected New Bern's new mayor this month after Bettis chose not to run for office again.

Bettis says Epperson will take a job as the CEO for Ward and Smith Law Firm in New Bern.

Here is Epperson's resignation letter which he forwarded to WITN.

Notice of Resignation

November 26, 2013

Mayor Bettis and the Board of Aldermen:

Pursuant to section 5.6 of my employment agreement with the City of New Bern I am giving notice of my resignation effective as of the close of business on December 30, 2013.

I want to thank the Board of Aldermen for the opportunity I have had to serve the City of New Bern since 2010.

I have accepted an offer of employment with the Law Firm of Ward and Smith as their Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. If needed, Ward and Smith has agreed to allow me time, as practical over the coming months, to assist the Board of Aldermen and the City’s management team in a smooth transition of leadership for the City of New Bern.


Mike Epperson, City Manager