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Hope Mills votes to remove embattled town commissioner

Posted September 26, 2013

Hope Mills Town Commissioner Tonzie Collins

— The Hope Mills Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday night to remove embattled commissioner Tonzie Collins from office.  

Collins was the lone dissenting vote. 

He is the subject of 14 formal complaints from town employees, dating to 2006, accusing him of sexual harassment and intimidation.

In June, the board banned Collins for having any contact with town employees or entering non-public areas of town buildings. They relented about a month later, but hinted that trouble for Collins was far from over.

"I think the board feels – and I've certainly seen a lot of evidence – that there is very good basis to have Mr. Collins removed," Town Attorney T.C. Morphis said in July.

Collins denies any wrongdoing and even filed for re-election this fall. It wasn't immediately clear whether Thursday's decision would affect his campaign. 

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  • daisy Sep 27, 3:13 p.m.

    I am glad he was booted out. I hope voters are smart enough to keep him out. I think Hope Mills is such a nice place to live in and doesn't need his kind of drama.

  • BEACH Sep 27, 1:34 p.m.

    The wonderful Hope Mills MAYOR PROBABLY wants him GONE cause he bucks her. SOmeone needs to!!!

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 27, 12:35 p.m.

    The main street through this town will eventually be named Tozie Caollins Avenue. This man is not going anywhere.

  • justabumer Sep 27, 11:08 a.m.

    Not only has he filed for re-election, I will be very surprised if he doesn't win the election. I have watched a number of the town board meetings and am convinced that Mr. Collins understands the issues that the town faces more fully than any other board member. He just has a rough edge which rubs some folks the wrong way. If he ever learns to get out of his own way he can be a valuable asset for the town. I don't live in Hope Mills but, if I did, I would certainly vote for him. Being rough around the edges isn't a crime.

  • Bartmeister Sep 27, 8:41 a.m.

    Haha, the guy is voted out and he files for re-election! Hilarious!

  • dollibug Sep 27, 8:08 a.m.

    It is quite interesting that these people have voted to remove this person when it has been reported that the mayor of High Point can NOT be removed from office, that once a person is voted in they can not be removed, unless they are charged with a felony. I would think that it would be the *same* for any place in NC.