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Marshville manager turns in her resignation

Another Union County town is losing its manager.

This time it’s Marshville in eastern Union County. Manager Amanda Reid tendered her resignation this month, effective March 31.

Two new people joined the five-member Town Council in early December, and it was clear that a majority of the board wanted to go in a new direction, Mayor Frank Deese said Thursday.

Reid agreed with that assessment and said she respected the electoral process. She said her profession can be a fluid one in times of electoral change.

Reid said she chose to stay on through March to help Marshville with the transition to a new manager.

Under her separation agreement, Reid will receive six months’ pay as severance, Deese said, or about $31,000. She was hired in June 2012 and had a three-year contract, he said.

The mayor said he didn’t want Reid to leave.

Deese described her as a “strictly by-the-books manager ... (who) did a fabulous job” for the town, including finding water billing errors and helping secure several million dollars in grants.

But when the new council took over, Deese said, “I think (Reid) recognized she would not be able to be effective and do the job the way she wanted to do it without the support of the majority of the board.”

The mayor also noted that under Reid’s contract, it would take four votes from the board to fire her, but the council was one vote shy of that mark.

Mayor Pro Tem Ginny Morgan, one of the new members, said she was elected to provide leadership for the board and just felt it would be better if Reid worked elsewhere. But until Reid’s replacement is hired, Morgan said she won’t know whether such a move is ultimately better for the town.

Marshville has only used the manager-council form of government for about two years. Reid was the town’s second permanent manager; the first stayed on for a few months before leaving for a better-paying job, Deese said.

“I’m concerned it may be difficult to hire a good manager if this track record continues,” Deese said.

In early January, the council will start discussions for hiring a search firm to help it find another manager. Deese hopes to have a new manager in place by the July 1 start of the new fiscal year, if not earlier.

Elsewhere in the county, Monroe is looking for its fifth city manager since late 2000. The City Council dismissed the last manager in early December.

Bell: 704-358-5696; Twitter: @abell
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