Chadbourn Town Manager David Bone submitted his resignation Tuesday night, effective Jan. 6, telling town council he has accepted the town manager,s post in nearby Elizabethtown.Council should act on a replacement before its next regular meeting Jan. 4, according to Mayor Leo Mercer, but Mercer would not speculate on who would succeed Bone.
,s resignation comes just a few weeks after more than 200 residents jammed the town hall demanding relief from high October water bills, which town officials blamed on water meters being estimated instead of read, some over many months.Town officials were criticized for sending out the bills without an explanation and several angry residents demanded that council fire Bone.
Mercer and a majority of the council stood behind Bone
, who said his decision to leave has nothing to do with recent controversies.
During his three-year tenure, Bone
, a fresh graduate of North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
, was the protégé of Mercer, the town,s senior politician.
initiated several major undertakings with Mercer,s guidance, including construction of a new town hall and the firing and hiring of police chiefs, while weathering some severe political storms.
At times, Mercer complained that Bone
was caught in the line of political fire aimed at the senior mayor, as in the recent water bill controversy.
Tuesday night, Mercer and members of council lamented Bone
,s decision to move on.
In addition to the town hall project, Bone
oversaw downtown revitalization efforts, rebuilding of the town,s aging water and sewer lines and tried to modernize the town,s zoning maps and planning process.Bone
noted that the senior citizen,s center, which county commissioners funded last year after the Chadbourn community center
was donated as a gathering place, has had a tremendous impact.Bone
, 35, a native of Burlington, has been married to his
wife Amy for 11 years and has three children.The family will relocate to Elizabethtown.
The son of a Methodist minister, Bone
is an Eagle Scout and a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow
has volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America
on a national level to develop leadership programs.Bone
,s family lived in Wilmington for four years when he
was a boy and his
mother taught hearing impaired children at Chadbourn Elementary School
during that time.He began his career in restaurant management, earning an associate,s degree in culinary arts from Alamance Community College, before developing an interest in public administration.