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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Boiling Spring Lakes city leaders met behind closed doors today to discuss what they say were personnel matters. Concerned and angered residents showed up to see what might really happen. Many believe Mayor Richard White and some other city leaders do not have the citizens’ best interest at heart.

“Am I angry? I’m angry,” resident Judy Thuer said. “And there are a lot more people that are angry. It’s just not me. There are more people that are very, very angry.”

Thuer is one of dozens of concerned Boiling Spring Lakes residents who showed up to the City Commission’s closed door meeting Monday afternoon.

Rumors spread through town that the meeting was called to give interim City Manager Paul Sabiston the power to hire and fire city employees. It’s a power that permanent city managers possess, but not temporary ones like Sabiston.

“Today was a special called meeting to consider two items: one was the contract for the interim manager, second one was the moving forward of the hiring of a permanent city manager,” Sabiston said.

While Sabiston says they did review his contract, no decisions were made about the contract or filling the job permanently.

We asked Sabiston if we was interested in the job. He said he’s submitted an application and is considering it. It’s a thought Thuer is not happy about.

“Every job that he has had, he has left in the shambles,” she said. “He has had multiple, multiple problems with any job he’s had.”

“There’s always a lot of talk in small towns, I think, and I think that’s part of it, and we’ve just got to take a step back, take a deep breath and move forward,” Sabiston said. “We’re trying to stay positive and keep things in a good light, but it’s tough. With these times and the economy, there’s difficult decisions to be made in the near future.”

Thuer and other citizens are afraid those difficult decisions include firing people the mayor does not like.

“They have an agenda,” Thuer said. “They only want what they want, doesn’t matter what anybody else wants.”

Thuer was the only BSL citizen willing to speak on camera. Many city employees and members of the fire and police departments did not want to talk publicly but told us off camera they fear for their jobs.

Mayor White said the board narrowed the search for city manager considerably and will meet again next Tuesday to discuss it further.

We tried to talk to commissioners, but they said they could not talk about personnel matters.

White has not yet returned a call for comment about allegations made against him.

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41 Comments on "Political tensions continue to run high in Boiling Spring Lakes"

Guest wishful
2015 years 10 months ago

The claims were listened to very few because the majority of the people here, starting with the mayor, are gutless! The mayor ran from one of the people who wanted to talk face to face at one of the meetings because he was afraid. Gutless!
Destruction has nothing to do with it. Mr. Yarolin was standing up for his right because he isn’t a gutless fool. No one in the world is perfect and as a kid, he made a mistake. Should it be held against him all of his life? According to the mayor it should be. But the mayor has also made BIG mistakes in his adult life, and you people dont seem to mind at all….or you are gutlessly afraid of him!
I am not sure what path you are walking, but the one I am on looks pretty shabby. Nothing has been done in his years of office to better anything here! Nothing! Even when he was asked what he has done to improve or benefit the city, he couldn’t answer. I was there. I heard his silence.
The water department is gone (a money maker.) There are roads that are not paved, roads that are without street lights (not safe!), no sidewalks, no nothing!
Must be the neighbors are satisfied with the way things are…..or gutless! Yes, you reap what you sow…they voted him in and they have to live with the consequences, too, as do we. Good going, gutless people. Hope all your wishes for a better city come true!

J. Goldin
2015 years 10 months ago

Interesting comment you made about Mr. Yarolin standing up for his right. All I see is Mrs Yarolin ranting, raving and name-calling. I’m sure she wrote this reply as well. Mr. Yarolin just stays in background letting his wife lead the “cause?”. He also uses children and an Easter Bunny to cast his dispersions. Yeah! I’d want that kind of man protecting me as a cop. NOT! The mayor has made mistakes in his adult life. I’ll give you that. But I also see him trying to put it behind him by trying to do good things for the city. Perhaps you should try to do the same. It would benefit Mr Yarolin a lot more than all this negative press he’s getting. Think about that. What would any prospective employer be thinking about now?? Seriously…think about that!

2015 years 10 months ago

There you go again. Changing facts into less than facts for your own shady purposes. You untruthfully stated, “…….as a kid, he made a mistake.” when you were speaking of Mr Y’s past. The fact is as you well know, He did a guilty plea as an adult in adult court because he in fact was an adult and not a juvenile. If he had been a juvenile it would have been handled in juvenile court and the records would have been sealed so it would not be hanging over him today. You couldn’t tell the truth if your life depended on it! I also agree with the writer that states you just don’t take responsibility for anything at all. Yet, you sure point the crooked finger and also insult the majority of citizens here in BSL.

2015 years 10 months ago

Some may indeed find it funny that Ms. T said, “every job he has ever had, he has left in shambles”. Of course those with the destructive rhetoric will but also others may find it funny also. For example, if she ends up in court with a slander case against her! Then she indeed may find those words to be the most expensive she has ever uttered from her mouth. “He who laughs last laughs loudest!” And if you are new indeed, how would you know, “…the Yarolins have not written any of the statements some of you think they wrote.” Unless of course you are one of them and are just now making your first post.

The ‘on camera’, ‘off camera’ rhetoric is just that, more of the same rhetoric that is being spewed by the very few that just can not get over the choice of the majority in the recent elections. Reality check here, two men chose to compete for the privilege and duties of being the Mayor of Boiling Spring Lakes. Only one could win and that was Richard White. Caster, it seems has a healthy grasp on that and has displayed due respect for the decision of the people by their vote and the due respect to the elected mayor. It also seems so has the vast majority of Caster’s supporters as they too accept the democratic process. It seems only a very small minority including a close relative that just can not get over it and allow the city to move forward with those that have been duly elected. And while Ms. Yarolin keeps bringing negative attention to her husband, Ms. Caster is doing the very same to hers. Ladies, (?) get off your soap boxes and allow your husbands to be the men they are and not what you want them to be.

It is past time for all the whining to end and the working together to begin. Just saying….

If you confess your sins before God and ask for forgiveness, you are forgiven! Right here at Christmas we would all do well to recognize the gift given to us that we certainly have not earned or owed and only by grace can obtain. These things are God’s to give and he has offered them to all men through his Son. So certainly, if the grown man dressed as a bunny, pointing to his rear in front of a church and if the adults that dressed the children in the slanderous clothes have asked for forgiveness, it is given. Not by anyone of us but by the Lord alone. We are also instructed to pay our debts. “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”. So, is an apology to the church and the community owed? Again, just saying…..

non believer
2015 years 10 months ago

Just remember our officials were elected to do whats best for the city. The key word here being the CITY. And sometimes people are caught in the mix very sad but a fact of life. So now some people feel it is wrong to do whats best for the city and how it may effect or may not effect some people.
I say let them do the job they need to do. And in 2 years or 4 years you can have your voice heard. Untill then crying and complaining is a useless agenda. You can raise all the hell you want down at city hall but your waisting your time, not mine. Cry on


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