Controversy has swirled for nearly a year in Fayetteville's city council. Time and again, on critical issues, the vote came down exactly five to four.But voters made sure those days are numbered.
The voters cleaned house in Fayetteville on Tuesday. They set their sightson a council majority that's made a lot of headlines. Four incumbentsseeking re-election are on the way out and the city manager they recentlyhired may be right behind them.
The city council chambers in Fayetteville will soon have a new look.Because of annexation, the council's expanding from 9 to 12 members.
Voters are up to some remodeling of their own. They're putting eight newfaces on the council.
This year, a sharply divided council fired the city manager, investigatedalleged racism in the police department and hired a new city manager justbefore the primary. Four of the five members in favor of all that can packtheir bags. Only Robert Massey will return. Milo McBryde will also be back, after fighting the majority, meeting after meeting.
Curtis Worthy will take a seat on the council for the first time, and hesays it's time to put pettiness in the past.
The new council may get off to a rocky start. McBryde say he's going tomake a motion to fire the new city manager and promote the deputy citymanager. One of the ousted council members, Thelbert Torrey, stands by themajority's decisions, saying there's no reason to reverse them.