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Officials say no one was asked to resign post

By Turner Walston
Published in News on April 5, 2006 1:52 PM

KENANSVILLE -- Duplin County officials are saying little about possible allegations against a county employee or potential problems with the delivery of emergency medical services in the county, despite a lengthy closed session earlier this week.

The Duplin Board of Commissioners met Monday night. Afterward, County Attorney Wendy Sivori confirmed that allegations against an employee had been made and that County Manager Fred Eldridge has been instructed by the board to investigate the allegations and take the appropriate action according to the county's personnel policy.

State law permits local governments to discuss personnel and legal issues without the media or the public present.

County officials offered no details about the issues raised during the closed session, but representatives of the county Emergency Medical Services Department and private ambulance companies Johnston Ambulance Service and Coastline Care met with the commissioners for more than three hours.

Curtis Brock, the director of the county's Emergency Services Department, is off this week, according to a receptionist in the office.

Eldridge said today that he was not aware of any dismissals or resignations of any county employees this week, nor has anyone been asked to resign.