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BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — It looks like Bald Head Island Village Manager Calvin Peck will keep his current job for the time being after losing out on a chance at another manager job in Florida.

The Marco Island Sun Times reports Peck pulled his name out of the running for the job in Marco Island Monday night after he could not get enough votes from the city council. The newspaper reports Peck received a majority of ballots in two votes, but he could not get the required super majority to get the job. When a council member decided he would change his vote to the other finalist Roger Hernstadt of Marathon, FL, Peck withdrew his name.

“I recognize the need for this council and community to come together,” Peck told the paper.

Hernstadt will reportedly earn $155,000 in his new job plus more than $67,000 in other benefits.

Meanwhile Peck is again causing controversy among residents after firing the village clerk.

This afternoon a concerned resident went before village council to demand answers on Debbie Talbert’s termination. Villagers said Talbert was fired Monday after she spent seven years working for Bald Head Island.

Marilyn Ridgeway, wife of councilman Joe Ridgeway, did not want to go on camera, but in front of council she said Talbert’s termination has left many villagers puzzled.

“A worrisome pattern by this administration of firing respected, dedicated to the community and hard-working employees who have good credentials and accreditation for spurious reasons brings me to the podium today,” Ridgeway said. “Villagers would like this pattern halted. It is more destructive to this island than losing sand.”

In 2012 Ridgeway led a petition against Peck when former Public Safety Chief Chip Munna resigned from his job.

After the meeting we asked Peck about Talbert’s termination. He said it was a personnel issue and he could not talk about it.

Peck has been BHI Village Manager since September 2006. He also spent more than seven years as Carolina Beach Town Manager.


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