More Hamlet turmoil: Miranda Chavis resigns

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

The turmoil and turnover in Hamlet continues today as Miranda Chavis submitted her letter of resignation as manager of the Hamlet Depot and Museum and downtown coordinator.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Miranda Chavis, right, seemed to be at the center of pretty much everything that was good in Hamlet.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Miranda Chavis, right, seemed to be at the center of pretty much everything that was good in Hamlet.

Chavis’ resignation comes one day after City Manager Marchell Adams-David resigned to take a position with the city of Raleigh.

By phone Tuesday, Chavis said that “Hamlet has been a blessing to me” but declined to say much else.

“I’m not going to make a comment,” Chavis said in her typical sing-song, cheerful voice that offered a hint of another emotion. “For me, this was a personal decision.”

Chavis’ last day will be Aug. 22 — coinciding with Adams-David’s last day of employment.

Mayor Bill Bayless said he was caught by surprise by Chavis’ resignation.

“I didn’t have any idea that this was coming,” Bayless said. “It’s just kind of got me at a loss. I wish she wouldn’t. She’s done a wonderful job. She’s going to be hard to replace.”

Bayless said City Council members planned to schedule a special meeting to discuss personnel issues, specifically the city manager’s position. As of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, that meeting has been scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 at City Hall.

As for her part, Chavis said she was simply “a cog in the wheel” in the little city that can. She said she fully expected certain projects, such as the Opera House restoration, to move forward.

“I think that they have really wonderful leadership on the Opera House board that can do amazing things,” Chavis said. “I was just one member on a committee. I assume that they will replace me … with somebody that hopefully is even better than me at my job. They’ll be fine without me.”

Others might disagree with Chavis’ assessment. Jim Graham, president of the depot’s board of directors, told City Council during the April public meeting that Chavis was doing a great job and hiring her was “one of the best things the city did.”

As for what’s next, Chavis said she doesn’t know.

“Time will tell,” she said.

Chavis was hired as museum manager and downtown coordinator in April 2012. Her present salary is $37,941. She was the museum’s first curator since the restoration of the depot was completed in 2004.

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  • John Thompson

    I don’t know her at all, but the whole situation looks funny.

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