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Removing commissioner cost Hope Mills $37,000

Posted December 19, 2013

Hope Mills Town Commissioner Tonzie Collins

— The effort to remove embattled Commissioner Tonzie Collins from office cost Hope Mills taxpayers more than $37,000, officials said Thursday.

The town's Board of Commissioners voted in September to oust Collins, who was the subject of 14 formal complaints from town employees, dating to 2006, accusing him of sexual harassment and intimidation.

Collins then lost his re-election bid in November, finishing last in a six-person field.

Paying for attorneys and a court reporter for a formal hearing to present a case against Collins cost $37,562.94, according to figures provides by Town Manager John Ellis.


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  • chickfromtherock Dec 19, 2013

    Why did it take 7 years to attempt to get rid of this clown? Where was the HR Department while these complaints of sexual harassment and intimidation were taking place...they were documented? Who protected him all of this time? What was the straw that broke the camel's back? How much more money will the taxpayers have to shell out since the city knowingly failed to provide a workplace free of sexual harassment and intimidation?

  • Jump1 Dec 19, 2013

    Funny that the city did not take any action with the 14 complaints???

  • rachel Dec 19, 2013

    why do the taxpayers have to pay to fire someone?

  • SomeRandomGuy Dec 19, 2013

    So they spent $37K in legal fees in September, only to see the guy get voted out in October???

  • Jump1 Dec 19, 2013

    Cheaper than a law suit.

  • Decorated War Veteran Dec 19, 2013

    An execution would have cost less and served as a warning to other officials.