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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville Beach Town Manager Bob Simpson has announced his retirement in a letter to the town.

Simpson gave his letter of intent more than a week ago. We spoke with Simpson over the phone today.

He says it’s simply his time to go. Simpson told WWAY that when he accepted the job, he intended to stay five years, and now he’s been there more than seven.

In the letter, Simpson says, “I announce my departure with some degree of sadness, but with the knowledge that the Town is in sound financial condition and a dedicated professional staff will continue to provide exceptional service to the community.”

Simpson’s final day will be November first of this year.

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  • GuestO

    Maybe now the police chief can do the job he was hired to do – like clean up the department without his every personnel decision being negated by “The Big Boss”.

  • Surf City

    The thing with the same town attorney at several of the incorporated towns is puzzling when that service should be bid on by multiple attorneys, just like every other government service contract. This job is the key person that all things deemed legal are done to town citizens by the employees of the town.It needs to be bid out yearly if it is not already.

  • Guest999

    U mad?

  • Spock

    I would compare a Town staying with the same lawyer for a 3-5 year period, much like people stay with the same general physician for years for “continuity of care.”

    Annual bidding out of the Town Attorney position is ludicrous. By the time one Attorney has familiarized themselves with that Town’s unique Ordinances (several hundred pages usually); they would be shopping around immediately?

    It is the same reason most local governments in North Carolina bid their auditing contract on a three year cycle; the upfront cost (time and personal) to prepare for providing services is mitigated by the second and third years of having general framework in place. Swapping auditing firms every year would see an immediate bump of 20-30% in cost without a correlated 20-30% increase in value of service.


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