Monroe leaders say bonus controversy, threatening calls to chief forced them to fire city manager

Jul 23, 2012 Full story: WSOCTV 6

City leaders in Monroe said controversy over performance bonuses and threatening calls to the police chief forced them to fire the city manager.

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Justice Ryder

Albemarle, NC

#1 Jul 24, 2012
Does anyone wonder why anyone would blame Debra Duncan for something that the City Manager did as far as bonuses goes? My guess is that she has again done something to warrant that anger. When are the people of Monroe going to wake up and realize that the Chief of Police is a horrible, vendictive person and that there is something else going on other than what you are reading. She has ruined a once good police department; crime rate is up and the city has gone to the dogs. Just wait until the other lawsuits are filed talk about embarressment. That will be the least of Monroe's worries.
Waylon Nelson

Monroe, NC

#2 Jul 24, 2012
I tell you I have been watching this from the get go. If the city manager did call the police chief and threaten her as they allege then they did the right thing. BUT SOMETHING STINKS LIKE LAST WEEKS FISH. What would his motivation for call her be? and surely he knew if he called her they would be able to trace the call back to him. IT MAKES NO SENSE. Why would an intelligent man do such a thing?

So he denied her a 3% pay raise. So what? There has been no real improvement in Monroe's crime figures since she started work. In fact the numbers have slipped downward a little bit. She did get state and federal recognition but anyone who applied could have done that.

Why she didn't get a raise (In my opinion)

1. She doesn't get out and get involved in the community. People don't know here. Just belonging to a couple of civic clubs isn't enough.
2. Crime rates flat lined or slipping in some areas.
3. Poor department morale. A lot of jealousy and disrespect for upper level officers.
4. Supervision on one shift is suspect.
Justice Ryder

Albemarle, NC

#3 Jul 24, 2012
You are exactly right on all counts. Unfortunately this is but one of many wrong doings by Duncan that are about to come out.
Ms Molly

West Grove, PA

#4 Jul 25, 2012
I wonder then, based on the above comments, are the writers suggesting a conspiracy of not only the Chief, but also her assistant, and the officers who investigated and determined that the call originated from the City Manager's house? Really? Really? Come on now...
Think about it, how likely is that? Use common sense and logic. Why would they risk their reputations, their jobs for that?
What was the Chief supposed to do? Ignore a threat? Ignore a crime? Honestly, it sounds to me like that is what would have made them happy.
Chief Duncan is a strong woman in a man's world. Maybe the men don't like it.
ComputerIndustry Since1982

Durham, NC

#5 Aug 8, 2012
Hey Waylon, it wasn't the city manager who made the call, it was his WIFE threatening her for something her husband was at the root of doing. Chief Duncan could have called in the SBI as it was a threat against a public official, however she did the favor of not doing so and decided to let city council handle it. As far as the bonus goes, the city manager lied and said there were no funds to pay out bonuses for the fiscal year, oops, he should have made sure to hide the bonuses he already gave out to his "buddies". The Chief was set to retire but given the current budget she was asked to remain thru the end of the fiscal year to save the city $30,000, she could have said no. The city manager made out like a bandit, took the city for another years salary to the tune of $150,000 plus health insurance benefits. He should have been fired so the city didn't lose all that money on him plus having to pay someone else to actually come in and do the job.

As far as your other allegations, poppycock.

1. I live in Monroe and you can drive thru town most any day of the week and see Chief Duncan walking around town talking to citizens, getting their feedback and concerns.

2. The crime rate overall in Monroe has dropped due to her viligance and demanding that the police actually patrol and do their jobs rather than sitting around in different locations in the city talking amongst themselves waiting for their shift to be over.

3. I hang at a place where a lot of the local cops hang out and they talk about morale being up. Just because she demands professionalism on the job and takes no guff some don't like that. Imagine that, an employer demanding their employees doing a professional job and adhere to policy.

4. If that were the case the media and other politicians would be all over that, funny, not seen a word or heard a word from other officers about it.

She was given a task to get the department up to ISO rating and code in 3 years, she completed that task in 9 months, something no other former Chief was able to do. The department has received accolades and awards for their work since she has cleaned up the place. Now if she were a man, she'd be getting pats on the back and told she did a great job but since she's a woman it's more of the good ole boy crap of calling her a b_tch. I've heard nothing but good things about the Chief from the general public and the cops that hang out where I do.
Onlythetruth

Denver, NC

#6 Oct 31, 2012
Wait for it. The truth is on it's way.

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