Were Voters and The Pilot Duped?
Were we voters and The Pilot duped in the last Southern Pines election?
Look at the facts. Last year, Mike Haney announced he would not run again for mayor, and Mike Fields announced he would not run for Town Council. Both threw their support behind David McNeill for mayor and Jim Simeon for council, both of whom were elected.
At the December agenda meeting, McNeill said numerous citizens had asked if Fields would consider appointment to the council vacancy created by McNeill’s mayoral election. Councilman Chris Smithson said he had no problem with Fields, but that he did have one with the selection process.
After much discussion, Smithson made a motion to advertise for the appointed council position and set up a formal interview and evaluation process. The motion died.
At the regular December council meeting, the first item was to appoint a council replacement for McNeill. Without any consideration of the two candidates who had run or any other qualified citizen, Fields — who had said he no longer wanted to be on the council, had not filed for the position, and spent not a dime on campaigning — was quickly appointed. Was this all planned in advance?
In January, the council changed the rules on the number of terms members serve on the Appearance Commission, allowing it to appoint people who had not even applied. At the same meeting, Simeon nominated Jim Curlee to replace him on the Planning Board. He was appointed without review or consideration of any other candidates.
I can find nothing in Mr. Curley’s application that qualifies him for the position.
Were we duped? I was. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.
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