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."