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.

Contact Anna Harvey at 252-726-7081, ext. 229; email anna@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @annaccnt.

(7) comments

DeadBolt

Among the concerns of board members was a perceived lack of communication between the two entities


YUP, looks like a somewhat respectable plan, to actually bring business to us was shot down due to the commissioners BS again.

Heck they spent 210,000.00 on a dog pound, and it cost us an additional 872 hrs and 90k on investigating the theft of said funds, and NOT ONE PERSON HAS EVEN BEEN CHARGED?


YOU FOLKS ARE A JOKE.

Take your county back, this is where , if you grew up here , you actually stop them at the ballot box.

Have fun on the next election cycle. [wink]

Core Sounder

best politicians that money can buy comes to mind. Someone needs to print a bumper sticker with those words. DC is not the only swamp that needs draining

Bogue Sounder

$210,000, 90k.... meh, we'll just raise taxes deadbolt

EJ The Carolina Queen

When you "Drain The Swamp" it immediately fill back with water .
So it is practice in futlity .

why not

County should demand charges be filed against responsible party in embezzlement of monies - sets a president that's its ok to do it in Carteret County
as you will not ever be charged. Makes us look bad to the rest of our state. Whats wrong with our law enforcement?

why not

Most county commissioner positions are "do nothing" jobs - only thing they do is collect an outrageous salary. County would do just fine without 'em.

Carteret people

People it time we drain the swamp in Carteret County. The County Board of Commissioners has been on a mission to micromanage every board in the county and to place their developer buddies in board positions. Just look at the Hospital and Airport boards, commission to dredge Emerald Isle Beach channel and put sand on their beach. Next thing they want to do is spend a $ MILLION DOLLARS on a beach music festival plot of land for Emerald Isle and use the economic development money on it as opposed to building well paying job. Robin Comer continues to drive the train while the six bling commissioners are oblivious to everything.

AS the News Times stated many months ago the EDC board was comprised of two commissioners and the county manager. How could Robin and Mark not know what was going on. Did they not micromanage everything the county manager did? Or was it another reason? People stand up and ask.

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