During their meeting Monday night, Hope Mills Commissioners voted
to ban Commissioner Tonzie Collins from non-public areas of town buildings.
Mayor Jackie Warner said Tuesday morning the vote came in
reaction to another complaint about Collins filed by a town employee since the
last Commissioners meeting.
Warner said several employees have filed complaints against
Collins since he took office in 2005. Warner said banning Collins from areas of
town buildings is a way to show support to employees. She said the action was
not a result of a personal disagreement with Collins, but she felt she needed
to be willing to take the forefront in preventing more complaints by employees.
Collins questioned the legality of the measure. He said he
wasn't sure if elected officials could effectively ban another elected official
from city property. He deferred any further comment to his attorney.
Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Mitchell said he agreed some action
needed to be taken in light of more complaints.
Commissioner Pat Edwards said the complaints involving
Collins have been a sore spot for Hope Mills, and commissioners needed to put a
stop to it. She said she believes the Board of Commissioners has now done all
they can. She said voters will have to decide if they want Collins to continue
being a Commissioner for Hope Mills.
Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon.More>>