Southport aldermen discuss open city manager position
 

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) –- The Southport Board of Aldermen 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 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," Mayor Robert Howardsaid. "We are very proud that he chose Southport, and we chose him, and we're going to miss him."

The Board of Aldermen thought they had a ready-made replacement for Thomas in City Clerk Regina Alexander due to her past experience as interim city manager.

"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," Howard said.

In his letter of resignation Thomas said, "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 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," Howard said.

The City of Southport will post the city manager job in the coming days.

We tried to speak with Thomas at the meeting, but he declined an interview.

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With Southport being a nice, little quaint village, it's just too full of a bunch of whiney-butt retirees with nothing better to do than criticize and make up crap to complain about. The "historical district" is lined with homes adorned with vinyl and aluminum siding (now that's historical, huh?). They don't want any sort of business around them that may make a little money, no commerce and can hardly keep the mom&pop shops they still have open. They "worry" about park benches, where a chair sits outside of a business and where someone may or may not enjoy an ice cream cone. Who REALLY wants to deal with and manage that sort of nonsense? Let 'em have that BS to themselves, just like the last guy said.

Name one city initiative the City of Southport is trying to move forward. The Town only has about 2,300 people, and is less than 2.5 square miles. I want to be the manager. Well, except that " the framework and process of municipal government in Southport to be significantly different than anticipated in a council-manager jurisdiction." Doh! I am familiar with the process... City leaders make an suggestion and I smile real big and go; Wow! that's a good idea boss.. IDK why I didn't think of that! Let's move forward with no further input at any cost to the taxpayer.