Waxhaw joins Stallings as towns hunt for new managers

WAXHAW – The now four-member Waxhaw Board of Commissioners has many decisions ahead with the recently announced retirement of Town Manager Mike McLaurin and resignation of former commissioner Sean Poccia.

Although McLaurin will continue as town manager until April 30, the board is already looking for an interim town manger to take on his responsibilities until a new full-time manager is hired. No timeline for when an interim town manager or full-time manager will be hired has been discussed at this point, although Mayor Daune Gardner says finding McLaurin’s replacement is currently one of the most pressing issues facing the board.

“I think that the more pressing concern for the board at this point is the question of the manager’s position,” she said. “We need to both find and appoint an interim.”

McLaurin gave his notice of retirement after the board failed to discuss renewing his contract in a timely manner, according to a letter he provided to the board of commissioners.

“I have been waiting since December for the board to convey its desire on the contract renewal,” the letter said. “… We are now very close to the termination date of my contract and I therefore need to make a decision on my future.”

In addition to filling McLaurin’s position, the board also will have to fill a vacancy on the board of commissioners following Poccia’s resignation, which was effective on March 1. The board of commissioners could leave the seat vacant until the next election in 2015 or choose to appoint someone. There is not an option for a special election or referendum to be used to fill the vacancy, according to Gardner.

“There is not an option to take it to the people, our only option (in filling the seat) is to appoint,” the mayor said. “There is no deadline and there is no penalty. … Where the county statute says you need to have this seat filled in 90 days, the municipal statute is silent.”

Poccia submitted his resignation in hopes of continuing discussions with the board to serve the town in “a different capacity,” according to his letter of resignation. The letter does not address Poccia’s possibility of filling the town manager seat.

“In following proper protocols, the decision was made to halt any further discussions until such time as I have officially submitted my letter of resignation,” Poccia’s letter said. “Upon acceptance of my resignation, I am looking forward to continued conversations pursuant to serving the town of Waxhaw to the best of my
abilities.”

Town leaders could further discuss the vacancies during the next regular meeting on April 8, a Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Waxhaws, 8215 Waxhaw Hwy. An agenda for the meeting can be found on the town’s website, www.waxhaw.com, prior to the meeting.

 

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