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Board Fires Pittsboro Town Manager

Posted February 26, 2007

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— Less than a week after he was charged with resisting arrest, the town Board of Commissioners on Monday night fired Town Manager Sam Misenheimer.

Mayor Randy Voller said the board met in a closed session, discussed the case, and decided to terminate Misenheimer, 42, immediately. Town Attorney Paul S. Messick Jr. will be acting town manager, Voller said.

A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Misenheimer last Tuesday morning after he allegedly ran a stop sign on Thompson Street and was uncooperative, authorities said. He also was charged with driving with a suspended license after being ticketed for speeding seven times since 2003, authorities said.

In a letter to WRAL News last Wednesday, Misenheimer denied that he resisted arrest, claiming the Highway Patrol trooper used unnecessary force on him. He also blamed the arrest on a stalker calling authorities to report his suspended license.

Voller said Misenheimer had visited his home Sunday with a letter of resignation. The board did not accept the terms Misenheimer proposed, Voller said.

Misenheimer has been on administrative leave from his $65,000-a-year job since his arrest.

The town hired Misenheimer as town manager last May after serving as interim manager for five months. He had been let go from at least one other town manager job in the past, Voller said, but came highly recommended to Pittsboro.

"I think his performance and his belief in local government is strong," Voller said. "It's just an unfortunate circumstance that I think is going to lead us in a new direction. I'm sorry for that. People make mistakes."

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  • gvmtcheese Feb 27, 2007

    What does a driving record have to do with being qualified as a town manager?

  • Crumps Br0ther Feb 27, 2007

    Day-um Pittsboro dont play! Durham should take a look and follow Pittsboro's lead

  • IteachforJesus Feb 26, 2007

    Having read his letter to WRAL I have to wonder, how did he get the position in the first place. You would think that that kind of position would require good communication skills. however, I was appalled to see the NUMEROUS errors, misspellings, and just plain awful diction used. Don't you have to graduate from college to get that kind of job? Here's a thought. If you are going to send a letter to the media to have it published for the public, proofread it first.

  • anonemoose Feb 26, 2007

    Like I said first time, golden parachute settlement, paid med insurance for 6 months, then on to a bigger and better Manager job. I wanna see how much the citizens are gonna get screwed out of.

  • twright530 Feb 26, 2007

    When you mess with the man in grey you mess up every time.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Feb 26, 2007

    Someone has it in for this man? whaaaat..there is nothing to fear from this "stalker" if you arent breaking the law...he ran the stop sign provoking a stop from the Trooper...then he is out with this license revoked? then he resists the officer...yeah the force was unnecessary, it always is when the Police are forced to go hands-on...there would have been ZERO force used had he complied with the Trooper....He pulled the "you don't know who you are dealing with card" and the Trooper didnt buy it...he enforced the law equally...yet another "above the law" politician....

  • narck9 Feb 26, 2007

    Yeah, a stalker reported him driving while his license was revoked. Excuses, excuses. What will they think of next?

  • Pack Rules Feb 26, 2007

    "It's always somebody elses fault but mine" - Homer Simpson

  • NCSUSally Feb 26, 2007

    what an idiot

  • Forgetaboutit Feb 26, 2007

    Male ego, right, if this had been done to a female, oh my god, the trooper would be in raleigh central right now...sapphire or whatever, just be quiet!