The town manager of Huntersville has resigned after news broke that he was charged with simple assault on Sunday, according to the Observer’s news partner WBTV.
Gerald Downs Vincent, 51, submitted his resignation which was accepted by the Huntersville town board during a closed session Monday afternoon, reports Lake Norman Herald Citizen
Vincent was arrested by the Huntersville Police Department and booked in the Mecklenburg County Jail just before 7 p.m. on a charge of misdemeanor simple assault, reports WBTV.
The town released a statement Monday morning: “This is an unfortunate personal matter for Mr. Vincent and his family. We cannot comment further on this matter at this time.”
Town administration is now under the supervision of Jackie Huffman, assistant town manager and finance director of Huntersville, reports the Lake Norman Herald Citizen.
Vincent has been town manager since July 2017, according to the town’s website. after being interim town manager for several months. He was hired in 2007 as Huntersville’s assistant town manager.
During his tenure, he received the 2013-2014 North Carolina Assistant Town Manager of the Year Award.
Previously, Vincent was city manager of Emporia, Va., and county administrator of Brunswick, Va., according to the town’s website.
He is a husband and father of four, the website says.