MOREHEAD CITY — The Carteret County Economic Development Council board announced Monday afternoon it has accepted the resignation of interim executive director Greg Lewis.
Mr. Lewis told the News-Times that his terms of employment require a 30-day notice, and his resignation – which was requested from him - should honor that.
“I’ve tried for 17 months what was in the best interest of the EDC and I will continue to support the organization,” said Mr. Lewis during a phone interview. “I’ll spend the rest of my time with my grandchildren and looking for a job.”
He referred all further questions to Eric Gregson, president of the EDC board. Multiple attempts to contact Mr. Gregson were unsuccessful.
It is unknown if another interim director is expected to be named soon.
The resignation was made public through an email sent to the News-Times.
“The EDC wishes to commend Mr. Lewis for his outstanding service and commitment during his 17 months serving as interim director,” states a press release.
“We appreciate Greg’s expertise and his dedication through all of his past efforts and in his unwavering support of this organization,” said Mr. Gregson in the press release. “We wish him well in the future. The board has been very happy with Greg’s contributions and with his willingness to stay beyond our original commitment of six months.”
Former director Myles Stempin resigned abruptly in September 2015, and Mr. Lewis, a former county commissioner, was brought on as interim director. He originally was slated to stay for six months. His term then stretched to 17 months.
Mr. Lewis told the News-Times in January that he planned to be addressing his future role at the EDC in the coming months, but declined at that time to say if he planned to remain on staff or not at that time.
The EDC has gone without funding from the county since the start of the current fiscal year, July 1, 2016. In February 2016, the county board of commissioners began questioning the effectiveness of the EDC and its role in bringing more economic opportunities to the council. Ultimately, board members decided not to provide its annual funding to the EDC, which was $200,000 of the annual budget.
Among the concerns of board members was a perceived lack of communication between the two entities.
Since then, the EDC board and county have taken steps to have more county representation on the board, while a study is being completed that could determine the future of funding for the EDC.
“Carteret County Commissioners have initiated the creation of their own strategic plan via a private entity, which the EDC believes will be forthcoming in the near future,” stated the press release. “We look forward to the commissioners’ leadership and eagerly away further direction as to their preferences and primary focus for economic development in Carteret County.”
According to the press release, County Commissioner Mark Mansfield asks that all economic development calls and questions be directed to County Manager Tommy Burns.
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