The Executive Director of Onslow Water and Sewer Authority, Jeff Pearson, has been suspended with pay until another hearing on the matter Thursday, February 10th according to ONWASA spokeswoman Susan Poole. The decision was made in a closed-door session Friday.
Pearson's two-year employment contract expired this week, but no reason was given for Pearson's suspension.
The City of Jacksonville was asked to provide an interim director and asked Public Services Assistant Director Billy Joe Farmer to step in starting Monday. Farmer is a former employee of Onslow County where he directed the utility assets before they were transferred to ONWASA. He also served as town manager for Richalnds, Holly Ridge and Red Springs, and as county manager for Columbus County.