Smithfield fires town manager
Posted May 26, 2011 10:20 p.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2011 7:38 a.m. EDT
Smithfield, N.C. — The Smithfield town council voted Thursday night to fire town manager Eric Williams, officials said.
Williams was placed on administrative leave earlier this month amid allegations he handed out unauthorized raises.
With a tight budget, the council decided last spring to eliminate raises for town employees, but personnel records show four department heads got significant raises with no change in title or responsibility.
The council did not approve the raises.
The North Carolina League of Municipalities is conducting an independent probe of the pay raise controversy.