Cherryville names new City Manager weeks after police scandal

Nov 7, 2012 Full story: WBTV 7

Weeks after a scandal hit the Cherryville Police Department, the city has a new City Manager, according to Cherryville Mayor Bob Austell.

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Business owner

Ellenboro, NC

#1 Nov 7, 2012
I thought Blackburn worked for the city before, but I may be mistaken.
Cherryville resident

United States

#2 Nov 8, 2012
Same old crowd so do expect much to change. They won't allow anyone with new ideas.
Business owner

Ellenboro, NC

#3 Nov 8, 2012
If he worked for the city in the past this will not accomplish anything.

Since: Sep 12

Cherryville, NC

#4 Nov 8, 2012
Good ole boy network? Maybe. But there is merit in what you say. "we have always done it this way". Maybe the city counsel should have ensured that someone NOT associated with the city in the past was offered the position. But the way they talked about this decision was the very fact he was from Cherryville and had worked here before is what attracted them to his qualifications.

I think it might be a matter of damned if you do and damned if you don't. They has to make a decision quickly because of the pressure from citizens and they went with tried and true instead of an unknown.

Since: Sep 12

Cherryville, NC

#5 Nov 8, 2012
Good ole boy network? Maybe. But there is merit in what you say. "we have always done it this way". Maybe the city council should have ensured that someone NOT associated with the city in the past was offered the position. But the way they talked about this decision was the very fact he was from Cherryville and had worked here before is what attracted them to his qualifications.

I think it might be a matter of damned if you do and damned if you don't. They had to make a decision quickly because of the pressure from citizens and they went with tried and true instead of an unknown.
Business owner

Ellenboro, NC

#6 Nov 9, 2012
I'm pretty sure that they "should" know what tried and true gets you. This stuff in Cherryville has went on for years.
Cherryville resident

Belmont, NC

#7 Nov 9, 2012
Same old crooks pulling all the strings. Nothing's going to change.

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