Kure Beach, NC (WWAY)- A former Mayor is questioning the Town Council's recent personnel decisions and says the current Kure Beach administration is misleading town residents.
Last week, Kure Beach Town Council sent out a public service announcement to tell residents about several staffing changes. According to the announcement, Town Hall will reduce it's staff from seven members to five and save the tax payers more than $50,000 per year.
"The need to justify personnel actions such as this by a cost savings of $50,000 which is minuscule, to me, is superfluous, it's misleading," said former Kure Beach Mayor Mac Montgomery.
In a letter, Montgomery called the announcement "biased and slanted". He says the town will have to pay unemployment benefits for two employees who were released without cause, pay higher salaries to the newly hired employees, and spend tax payer money on legal fees. Montgomery called the council's actions "misogynistic and discriminatory".
"I think that the philosophy of the council today is that you do what the council says," said Montgomery. "I have to assume that the two employees do not fit with the current philosophy of the council."
But current Mayor Dean Lambeth stands by the announcement.
"There's that old saying you can lie about the numbers, but the numbers don't lie," said Lambeth. "And if you add the numbers up, it may not be 50,000 it may actually be a little more."
Lambeth says the town will pay the new clerk and finance officer more than $35,000 more than the previous employees because they will take on more responsibility. Despite the higher salaries, he says the new employees will save tax payers even more money in the long run.
"I think the money that we're spending on these two people will streamline all the things that we do in the administration part of the town of Kure Beach."
We requested a copy of the report showing how the employee reductions will save tax payer money. The two employees replaced by town council did not want to comment.