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Whiteville to restore tech services manager in police department

By Allen Turner, The News Reporter

Whiteville City Council will consider a request to reestablish the position of technical services division manager in the police department Tuesday in a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall at 24 Hill Plaza.

In other business, council will approve a letter to the state Local Government Commissioner explaining how the city plans to respond to a minor complaint the state found with the city’s audit for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2018, decide whether to approve a contract with its current auditor for the current fiscal year, endorse the More Powerful NC Campaign to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse in the state and proclaim National Pollinator Week in Whiteville.

Staff is requesting the reinstatement in the personnel plan of the technical services division manager due to turnover in the police department. The change would have no net effect on the budget because a police lieutenant position would be eliminated and its funds allocated for the technical services division manager. The position has a salary range of $40,714-$60,153.

The person hired would perform administrative and technical oversight and supervision of all technical support for the police department.

Council is expected to approve a letter from Finance Director Coburn Brown to the Local Government Commission (LGC) outlining how the city plans to address concerns expressed by the LGC that the most recent audit showed expenditures and transfers exceeding the amounts authorized by the budget for the general fund and the water and sewer fund.

“The City of Whiteville Finance Department will be instituting new budgetary financial controls,” Brown’s letter to the LGC says. “Periodic budget control meetings will be conducted with department heads throughout the year to ensure spending levels remain within budget. Moreover, business operations will be modified to adjust spending or timely budget amendments will be submitted to city council for approval.”

Council Tuesday also is expected to approve a contract with the Whiteville accounting firm Thompson Price Scott Adams, PA for auditing the city’s books for the fiscal year that ends July 30. The fee of $17,500 is unchanged from last year.

A request from the N.C. Dept. of Justice and the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services that the city support their “More Powerful NC Campaign” to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse in the state is expected to gain quick approval. Opioid-related overdose deaths in North Carolina have doubled in the past 10 years alone and the problem continues to grow.

The campaign is designed to raise public awareness of the scope and danger of the opioid crisis and serve as a call for action by all North Carolinians. The campaign will outline steps for the safe storage, use and disposal of pain medications, as well as resources for finding treatment and recovery support.

Council is also expected to approve without debate a proposal to authorize Mayor Terry Mann to proclaim June 17-23 as “National Pollinator Week” in Whiteville. It’s an annual resolution that Whiteville adopts as an affiliate of the Bee City USA program.

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