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FIRST ON 3: Southport manager's resignation letter suggests mayor & aldermen micro-managed city

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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) -- WWAY has obtained a copy of the resignation letter given to the Southport Board of Aldermen from City Manager Pat Thomas.

He gave the board 60-days notice in a hand-delivered resignation letter Friday evening. He's only been in the position for about a year.

In the letter, Thomas says his expectations running Southport in a council/manager type government don't match up with Mayor Robert Howard's vision and the board.

Here's what he sent them Friday:

February 15, 2013

Mayor and Aldermen
City of Southport
201 East Moore Street
Southport, NC 28461

Dear Mayor and Aldermen:

I am writing to provide, as required by my employment agreement,the 60-day notice of my resignation as city manager, effective April 16, 2013.

I appreciated the offer to serve the Board and the citizens of Southport – which I fully intended to continue for the foreseeable future – and I have endeavored to consistently perform the responsibilities of city manager with diligence and dedication. However, 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.

After substantial reflection, I have concluded that it would be best for me to step aside in order to allow the Board to select a manager whose own job expectations may be more consistent with the style of governance desired by the Board.

I regret any inconvenience occasioned by my resignation – which is not submitted for the purpose of accepting another job offer– and I offer my best wishes for the future progress and success of Southport, a very unique and dynamic community.

Yours in public service,

Patrick A. Thomas
City Manager

Thomas would not go on camera today. We also called Mayor Howard and the city aldermen. No one returned our calls.

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