Capps resigns

Published 12:12 pm Thursday, January 27, 2011

MURFREESBORO — Lee Capps has resigned from the position of Murfreesboro Town Administrator.

Capps’ sudden decision to resign came on Tuesday after the Murfreesboro Town Council returned from a closed session to discuss economic development under North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11 (a)(4) and personnel under North Carolina General Statute 143-318.11 (a)(6).

According to meeting minutes, Capps thanked the council for the opportunity to work for the town of Murfreesboro and then asked council members to accept his resignation at the end of the pay period.

Councilman Lloyd Hill made a motion to accept Capps’ resignation at the end of the current pay period and the motion was seconded by Councilman Bill Theodorakis. The council approved the motion unanimously. Capps’ resignation was apparently effective immediately.

When contacted by the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Mayor John Hinton stayed tight lipped about the matter.

“Just like most of the time with resignations there’s not much you can say,” he said referring to the law protecting the discussion of personnel matters in closed sessions.

Public boards are permitted under North Carolina Open Meeting laws to meet in a closed session to discuss personnel matters among other topics.

Capps’ resignation comes four months after council members terminated him for “failure to perform administrative duties in a timely and efficient manner and failure to inform Council of projects being worked on.”

They reinstated him days later after citizens showed support for the ousted administrator. The reinstatement did come in a 3-2 vote with Council members Theodorakis and Sarah Wallace voting against the measure.

Capps was hired by the town in June of last year.

The Murfreesboro Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for 10:30 a.m. on Monday in which they will meet in closed session for personnel under general statute 143-318.11(a)(6).