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Bladenboro Town Administrator resigns after being asked to step down

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Bladenboro's Town Administrator resigns one week after he was served a warrant for simple assault and a criminal summons for communicating threats.

Delane Jackson resigned Monday at noon after Bladenboro Mayor Livingston Lewis said commissioners asked Jackson to step down.

"The city council asked me to ask Mr. Jackson to resign because they thought it would be the best interest of the town and the best interest of Mr. Jackson,” Lewis said.

Lewis says the board agreed.

But Commissioner Sarah Benson says that is not what happened.

"I had a call,” Benson explained. “(Lewis) asked if I would talk to him about something, and I went out and met him. He asked, if he could get Delane to agree to a resignation, would I be in agreement with that. And I said, ‘yes that I would.'"

Jackson did not want to do an interview.

He became the Town Administrator in November after residents voted to change the form of government, eliminating Jackson’s town manager position.

In a letter to Lewis, Jackson said, "I regret the events that have transpired in Bladenboro over the past few months. They have been very divisive and have caused ill will within the community. I hope the town can heal from the wounds that have recently been created."

Lewis says Jackson received a severance package of nearly 31-thousand dollars.

"I'm not in total agreement that he receive that severance package,” Benson said.

Benson says she is just trying to put this behind her.

"I just want to move forward. I want Bladenboro to be a place people want to come,” she said.
Although Jackson did not want to do an interview, he told us he is not upset over his resignation.

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