Greenville City Council Meets Tonight To Discuss 3 Openings

The Greenville City Council is meeting tonight to discuss the search for a new city manager, a new police chief and a new public works director.

Public Works director Wes Anderson announced his resignation Friday. Police Chief William Anderson and City Manager Wayne Bowers had announced their resignations in the previous weeks.

Greenville City Council members will meet with a representative from the North Carolina League of Municipalities tonight.

According to officials, the purpose of the meeting is how to move forward with the search to fill these three positions, as the city manager is responsible for hiring the police chief and the public works director and managing them.

WITN will be at the meeting and provide updates here on witn.com and on WITN News at 11 p.m.


FIRST ON WITN:

A source confirmed for WITN that Wes Anderson has resigned as director of Greenville's public works department.

A release indicates his last day is February 24. He has been with the city since 2007.

Greenville's public works department has come under fire in recent months as sanitation workers staged a one-day strike and submitted complaints about working conditions.

Anderson is the third high-ranking Greenville official to step down this month. Greenville police chief William Anderson announced his resignation, and Greenville City Manager Wayne Bowers announced his retirement.

According to a news release from Calvin Mercer, Greenville city council members will meet with a representative from the North Carolina League of Municipalities on Monday. According to Mercer, the purpose of that meeting is how to move forward with the search to fill these three positions, as the city manager is responsible for hiring the police chief and the public works director and managing them.

Mercer stated he was sorry to report Anderson's resignation.

"Mr. Anderson is a seasoned professional whose department played a big role in the city's effective handling of Hurricane Irene last year," said Mercer's release.

Below is a press release from the City of Greenville about Anderson's departure:

"Greenville Public Works Director Wes Anderson has submitted his resignation to City Manager Wayne Bowers. In order to allow for a smooth transition, Anderson’s last day will be Friday, February 24, 2012. The City Manager intends to announce management plans for the Public Works Department next week.

City Manager Wayne Bowers said, “Wes is a seasoned Public Works veteran whose skills and experience will be missed. He has been a dedicated and hard-working department leader. As an example, he performed outstanding service directing the City’s recovery from Hurricane Irene last fall.”

Public Works Department encompasses Street Maintenance, Sanitation and Recycling, Traffic control (signals and signs), Buildings and Grounds for City facilities, Engineering, Building Inspections, Stormwater, City cemeteries, and Public Transit (the GREAT bus system). During his tenure with the City, Anderson has also been responsible for overseeing numerous capital projects.

Anderson came to the City in 2007 from a similar post in the Village of Lombard, Illinois after his retirement from the Army."


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  • by Bambi on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:42 PM
    Go to the City Council page for the videos of the meetings. It happened on November 17. Fast forward to 2:46:17 for the full text, but the quote was around 2:46:42 and lasts until 2:47:07. It was definitely a call to do something by siting a possibility of action...a threat.
  • by Bambi on Jan 29, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    Concerning the Council meeting in which the Sanitation workers spoke...the Sanitation workers should be applauded for speaking up about how they feel, no matter how inaccurate their testimony. Isn't it interesting, that management is not truly afforded the same right of free speech? There are no community organizers or City Council members coming to their defense when there are issues. Most disheartening, when you have a City Council member threaten other members with the possibility of employees bringing guns and using them if you do not see things her way, our City has more of a problem than just workers pitching a fit. After Ms. Glover made such a ridiculous statement, I was shocked, though not surprised given the laziness of our media today, that the media did not lambast her for it. I am equally livid that after this statement was uttered neither the City Attorney, nor the City Manager, nor the other Council members reprimanded Ms. Glover on her divisive, fear-mongering, and inflammatory diatribe about what she perceived to be the problem. About the REAL problem…the events of some of the Sanitation workers’ "walk-off" (not all did and should be acknowledged for being the better for it) are nothing more than a tantrum by some (not all) workers who try to take advantage of the rules and get away with as little as they can. They have been doing it for years and they just threw a fit because the "parents" tried to correct them. Well, when "grandma" comes down on the "parents", encourages the bad behavior of the “children”, and lets the "kids" keep doing what they want over the advice and respect of the "parents", who do you think is going to win? So, naughty children will still be naughty and overbearing grandma will still be overbearing. What do you expect? This whole affair boils down to self-respect, work ethic, tolerance and the respect you have for others...you know, kindergarten stuff. Too bad some failed that year and never made up the work.
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      by Doodle on Jan 29, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to Bambi
      Rose has played the threat cards in the past .She threatened former dept. Heads regularly.No wonder dept. Heads are leaving when you have a council member so mean spirited when she doesn't get her way she plays either the thrat card or the race card.Rose has ran at least 7 GOOD public servants from our city,just because they would not lower themselves to her thinking
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      by insider on Jan 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM in reply to Bambi
      When did Rose Glover make that comment? It would be nice to see that if it's on video?
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      by Truth on Jan 30, 2012 at 04:44 AM in reply to Bambi
      I recall hearing that comment as well. She basically said, "Someone is going to get shot." She also recently threatened the Director of Finance and Administration of ECU over some property and the disposal of trees from the hurricane. Rules do not apply to the City Council. Kandie Smith proved that. They do not care about the City as a whole. They just serve their constituents and will tell them anything to get votes. People, other Council members, department heads, and even the City Manger were afraid of them. They are dropping like flies because they are sick and tired of the BS. These members are destroying Greenville. You better believe if Rose or Kandie know the families of those boys arrested for the armed robberies, they will see that they get just a slap on the wrist.
  • by Anonymous_One on Jan 28, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    Unless you have or are currenty a city employee only then can you understand what the city of greenville employees have to go through and what we put up with. Sometimes you just get tired and sick and tired of putting up the being mistreated and you stay quiet for years, then when you speak up, it's the employee that's wrong, no, until you work in that person's place you can't know how the employee feels or what they have been through. Yes, it may be easy to say walk away and get another job, sometimes it's not that easy.
  • by JaneDoe on Jan 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM
    They are leaving because they have enough years in not to put up with this mess anymore. Who could blame them?! There is absolutley nothing going on "hush hush"; don't fall into that vat of cool-aid. The only thing that is going on is meddling and micromanaging from some on the City Council and pandering to some inept employees taking advantage of the rules! The mayor is not involved in this chaos; this started before he took office. This is not a slam against Mayor Pat either; she was great. We all know who is runnning the show and it is a few on City Council. The City Council better watch it or no worthy candidates will want to come to this "difficult to work with" City. Believe me, there are many more higher ups who would quit if they had a job lined up! They are fed up with the politics; they just want to do what they were hired to do and be appreciated for their hard work for the City.
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      by insider on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:59 AM in reply to JaneDoe
      JaneDoe is right on. That is the exact problem. I don't mind naming names either. The problem is Rose Glover and Max Joyner. WITN likes to notice were people on council sit now. Look at Rose and Max flanked on the side of the mayor. Allen Thomas is not the problem. It's these two power hungry people. In fact, Rose Glover has been running around city offices telling people she has the votes to get rid of them. This has been going on for weeks. We can't vote her out because her district doesn't care, but we can get rid of Max. Wake up district 5.
  • by Doodle Location: winterville on Jan 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM
    Maybe the next one that leaves will be the Recreation Director and take his $800,000 Dream Park with him what a waste along with all his walking trails
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      by The Facts on Jan 28, 2012 at 02:16 PM in reply to Doodle
      Funny you should say that.........
  • by Anonymous on Jan 28, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    The new mayor might be trying to make some changes. Good luck to him, Greenville needs a new approach.
  • by Snickering Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    I read the posts and snicker at how much truth is sometimes burried within the rants. What's that old saying about rats and sinking ships? Hmmm?
  • by Concerned About What's Happening Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    Citizens need to attend the City Council meeting on Monday night at 6:00! Don't think you can sit at home and watch it because it won't be on TV! After all these years of televised meetings, they're hiding in a conference room to discuss the public's business and apparently are interested in doing that more often in the future. The meeting is open to the public and the public ought to pack the room to see what this group is up to!
  • by Concerned Location: BC on Jan 28, 2012 at 05:11 AM
    When a lot of workers leave their employment suddenly it is a sign of poor management, be it City or private employer. What the City Council wants is a bunch of "yes men". When elected officals get power hungry they soon find out that they work for the people are were not elected "King"
  • by Dropping Like Flies on Jan 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
    Soon, Rev. Barber will be running Greenville. Then the NAACP will have a monopoly, (but will still cry "racism" every time something doesn't go their way).
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      by Frankly on Jan 28, 2012 at 08:49 AM in reply to Dropping Like Flies
      The recent chain of events has absolutely nothing to do with Rev. Barber, the NAACP or the sanitation workers. The elected officials and thier constant badgering and bulling are the ones to blame.
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        by insider on Jan 28, 2012 at 12:34 PM in reply to Frankly
        Some of this does have to do with the sanitation workers. They have been an untouchable group because of Rose Glover. Wes Anderson was finally making them do what every other PWD employee has to do and thats what put a target on his back. Not to mention the Bernie and Bernie fiasco a year or so ago.
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