Pender County Fires Manager

Burgaw, NC – County Commissioners voted 3-to-2 to terminate John Bauer's position without cause at the end of their meeting Monday.

This was Bauer's second stint as Pender County's manager. Commissioner voted him into the position on a 3-to-2 vote in February of 2005.

Although his performance was not on the meeting's agenda, Bauer said he was unsurprised by Monday's decision.

You know, it's the nature of the profession that you serve at the will of the board, the elected officials. If they want someone different to run the county, that's their option."

Eugene Meadows, the only County Commissioner reached by WHQR, said he had no comment, but that he had not anticipated Bauer's job performance to come up at the meeting.

Bauer's termination comes a week after the resignation of Pender County's planning director, Frank Palmer.