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Hope Mills Town Manager Scott Meszaros resigns; no reason given

Planning director will assume the job on interim basis


HOPE MILLS -- According to the agenda for the Hope Mills Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, Town Manager Scott Meszaros was supposed to be recognized with an award from the International City/County Management Association in honor of 25 years of service in local government.

Instead, Mayor Jackie Warner announced that Meszaros had resigned effective immediately.

Neither Warner nor Town Attorney Dan Hartzog Jr. would comment on the resignation, citing personnel policies.

Meszaros, whose family moved to Hope Mills from Alaska, became Hope Mills’ town manager on June 1, 2021.

Meszaros signed a contract that provided a base salary of about $129,000 a year and promised an increase and health insurance. Meszaros' contract was set to expire in June.

On Nov. 7, the commissioners voted to increase Meszaros’ pay by $5,000 a year.

Warner said that Chancer McLaughlin, the town’s director of planning and economic development, will be the interim town manager “until such time as we can go through the process to hire a town manager.”

In a statement to the board, McLaughlin said: “I appreciate your confidence, and I will proceed with a very clear version of transparency between our board and our staff. And I look forward to working with the board and town of Hope Mills.”

Meszaros could not be reached for comment Monday night.

In other town business, the board voted unanimously to:

  • Authorize the town manager to negotiate with CHA Consulting Inc. on an agreement for professional design services related to the Hope Mills Sports Complex.
  • Change a board policy to mandate that anyone who wishes to add to the council’s agenda must submit the request to the appropriate department.
  • Accept a request from Mauricio Melgar Andrade to annex 1.2 acres known as Park Garden Court.

The board met for a closed session for an hour and 13 minutes at the opening of Monday’s meeting, citing personnel business.

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