Southport Alderman discuss open City Manager position
SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) – The Southport Board of Alderman held a special session Wednesday night to discuss potential replacements for City manager Pat Thomas and it appears they have already swung and missed on one candidate.
When Southport City Manager Pat Thomas announced last Friday that he would resign from his position it caught many within the city government by surprise.
“We really regret that Mr. Thomas has elected to resign because he is a great city manager,” said Robert Howard, the mayor of Southport. “We are very proud that he chose Southport, and we chose him, and we’re going to miss him.”
The Board of Alderman thought they had a ready-made replacement for Thomas in City Clerk Regina Alexander due to her past experience as interim city manager of Southport. “With unanimous consent we offered the position to City Clerk Regina Alexander and she felt like we needed to consider someone else but she will be with us leading us hand to hand,” said Howard.
In his letter of resignation Thomas stated, “I have found the framework and process of municipal government in Southport to be significantly different than anticipated in a council-manager jurisdiction. This has made it difficult for me to realize the degree of satisfaction and accomplishment from my work that I desire, based on my professional background and abilities.”
Still Mayor Robert Howard says that to keep the city’s initiatives moving forward the next City Manager needs to have similar qualities to Thomas.
“We’ve had good success over time for the most part with our city managers and we could say that Mr. Thomas met all of those criteria,” said Howard. “
The City of Southport will be posting the city managers job in the coming days.
We tried to speak with Pat Thomas at the meeting but he declined an interview.
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