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BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Bald Head Island residents say one man is tearing apart their small community. Last week the island’s public safety chief resigned, which was the tipping point for residents to call for an investigation into their village manager, who they say is at the center of all their problems.

The quiet community of Bald Head Island is considered a paradise to many, but to its small population of residents, the resignation of their Public Safety Chief Jerome “Chip” Munna was a wake up call.

“To just rip him out of this community has just ripped the heart out of this community,” says Jane Oakley, a Bald Head Island homeowner. “We are upset about this.”

After 14 years of service and an internal investigation, Chief Munna resigned. Now Bald Head Island residents say it’s all because of the village manager, Calvin Peck.

“It’s like an onion,” says Oakley. “If you peel back the layers of an onion to get to the truth, Calvin’s in the middle of it, in my opinion.”

For more than five years, Peck has served as village manager, and residents say there are numerous issues surrounding him. The most recent, and some say last straw, was Chief Munna’s departure.

“That’s when we became politically active,” says Jane Johnson, another BHI resident.

Residents have organized a petition to investigate Peck and the many documented complaints from employees and homeowners, including issues like creating a hostile work environment and forcing employees to resign.

“I would like to see Calvin Peck gone and Chip returned to this island,” Oakley says.

In April, Peck received the “Outstanding Manager” award by the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

Residents plan to present the petition to village council during their September 21 meeting. We reached out to Peck, but he has not returned our request for comment.


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  • Janeo

    Dear I like my job.
    First I am very sorry for you and your family. I have been in your shoes with the insurance situation and it is no place to be. Does your ” yes ” refer to the last line of my response to Shame? If you or anyone else from Carolina Beach or elswhere for that matter have been bullied, threatened etc by Calvin Peck we want to hear your story. I have asked Marissa Jasek of WWAY3 to be our connection. Contact her with your contact information and she will pass it on to me. There is strengh in numbers.

  • janeo

    The council has not taken action and supported Peck ignoring residents complaints I wrote a formal letter of complaint over two years ago. This isn’t just about bad treatment of his employees. Some of the residents who have to pay his salary have suffered his mistreatment. Council did not even respond that they had even received my letter much less act on it except to ignore it. I would like to know if the women at Carolina Beach were bullied or worse.

  • Guest1214

    yes i liked my job very much and my family is sufferig to i have no insurance anymore and still no job

  • Guest919

    It’s a shame it took the resignation of such a qualified Chief to prompt the residents and council to finally take action. The Village has lost many dedicated employees who worked on the island and actually CARED about it because of this manager. This manager is a bully and needs to be removed, he needed to be removed 4 and a half years ago…but no one listened then, glad to see you are now, just hate that Chip and his family have to suffer because of it.

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