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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY has learned that New Hanover County has terminated Parks, Gardens and Senior Resources Director Jim McDaniel. County spokesman Charles Smith confirmed McDaniel’s termination.

When reached this afternoon, McDaniel said the county offered him terms this morning that he did not accept, at which point he was terminated. McDaniel said he could not say more about what happened, because he has retained an attorney and plans to appeal his termination.


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  • unlucky one

    Well, lucky you that you didn’t have to work for the psychopathic version of Jim. You must be one of the few.

  • butterfly

    I worked under Jim McDaniel at Callaway Gardens and continue to maintain a professional relationship with him. He was a driven, visionary leader who succeeded by enabling his employees to excel. A problem solver with a positive attitude who had high expectations of his employees. But who also recognized the contribution of said employees and frequently emphasized the work of the employees over his own achievements. He was also a champion of the underdog.

    He could also be challenging to those who did not live up to his expectations. This seemed to be coming from challenging them to live up to their potential, and he demanded top performance.

    Ive known Jim for many years and I think these negative comments must be coming from people who didn’t want to hold themselves to the high standard Jim set for them. The negative descriptions here sound nothing like the person I know.

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