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Bald Head Island residents speak out against Town Manager


BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) -- We told you a few weeks ago about controversy on Bald Head Island. Friday the citizens of the island told the Village Council what they thought about Village Manger Calvin Peck.

"You put your name on the ballot. We elected you. You represent us," resident Jane Johnson told the council.

Villagers say they decided to speak out against Peck after Public Safety Chief Chip Munna resigned a few weeks ago. Citizens say Munna resigned because of a personality conflict with Peck.

The Village Council says it has said all it can about the situation involving Munna and Peck.

"Departmental matters, employee performance evaluations and personnel decisions cannot be handled in the court of public opinion," Bald Head Island Mayor Andy Sayre told the crowd.

We tried to talk to Mayor Sayre after the meeting. He said the matter was closed and would concentrate on getting a new Public Safety Director. Peck said he would rather not comment.

Villagers say they plan to keep on fighting until they see results.

"This is going to be an ongoing petition. We will constantly accept signatures,” resident Marilyn Ridgeway said. "We will be watching to be sure the negative behaviors are not acted upon by Calvin Peck, and we’ll make sure this village gets back into the hands of the people."

So far the petition has more than 100 signatures. Villagers plan to collect more in the days and weeks to come.

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