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Hope Mills commissioner wants ban from buildings lifted

Posted July 8, 2013

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— A Hope Mills town commissioner beleaguered by complaints from town employees is asking a judge to permanently lift a ban barring him from town buildings. 

Last month, commissioners voted 4-1 to ban Tonzie Collins from having any contact with town employees or entering non-public areas of town buildings. Collins, who was the only dissenting vote, is the subject of 14 formal complaints from town employees, dating back to 2006, accusing him of sexual harassment and intimidation.

He's suing the town over the ban, which, his attorney says, prevents him from doing his job. 

On Monday, Judge Mary Ann Tally granted both sides more time to resolve the matter outside of court.

Collins' attorney Coy Brewer said he's not sure whether an agreement can be worked out.

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"It depends on decision makers beyond my control," he said.

Town attorney T.C. Morphis defended commissioners' actions.

"The town board feels it acted lawfully and, given the circumstances, it was completely appropriate," Morphis said. 

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  • Zealotry Jul 9, 2013

    Impeachment does not necessarily result in removal from office (Bill Clinton) plus I am not sure the law allows for articles of impeachment for a commissioner. I agree that if he cannot be trusted in entering a public building he should not be "serving" the public. Our system does not make it easy to remove derelicts.

  • Krimson Jul 9, 2013

    "He is an ELECTED official, you can't "fire" someone who is elected."

    What about "impeachment"??? Ever heard of that???

  • Zealotry Jul 9, 2013

    He is an ELECTED official, you can't "fire" someone who is elected. Prime example: President Obama! LOL

  • carthoughts Jul 9, 2013

    Intentional or not, harassment is harassment, this guy should not be in a job if they have to go through these measures

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 9, 2013

    He must have one of those personality that just rub people the wrong way.

  • Tax Man Jul 9, 2013

    Terminate the pervert - without pay, without benefits, without pension. He is the bad guy here, just fire him and send him packing. And perhaps some jail time for the charges would be appropriate.

  • kbird Jul 9, 2013

    JennyB...amen!!

  • JennyB Jul 9, 2013

    Here's the bigger question... If he has 14 formal complaints for harrassment and intimidation, and you have to BAN this guy from the buildings... why does he still have this job?!