WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The controversy over Bald Head Island staff issues deepens. Nine people have now been punished for policy violations at Bald Head. A former employee says little there is what it seems though.
“For it to go this far that kind of threw me for a loop,” said "Joe," a former employee who asked not to be identified.
Joe says what's happening at Bald Head Island is inexcusable. The public safety department was rocked by scandal after 9 employees were reprimanded or fired for what Bald Head is calling inappropriate electronic communication on personal cell phones.
Though Bald Head Island's personnel policy doesn't appear to govern that, Joe says he's speaking out in hopes of starting to set the record straight.
“This is just to open their eyes that there’s something bigger going on here,” he said, “It's like a toxic environment almost.”
Joe says the work environment is toxic because of administration. We asked if it started at the top with village manager Calvin Peck. “Yes, I believe so. I believe so,” he said.
Joe says he was a supervisor with the public safety department. It is a department that combines police, fire and EMS. He says though they are cross-trained, their training isn’t enough to make employees feel comfortable if they ever have to use their training.
“It was either 'do it my way or you’re out of here' and when they would say 'do it my way' that way wouldn't be right sometimes,” he said.
He says the officers involved in the recent controversy are just a few of the people let go.
Sources confirm the number of people who have left the 21 person department in 5 years is at 30 and counting.
We reached out to Bald Head Island Mayor Andy Sayre for comment on these issues. He has not returned our phone calls.