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SHALLOTTE—After 20 months as this town’s first planner, Chris Rogers resigned Monday after learning his job was posted on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Web site.
According to Rogers, someone he knows e-mailed him a link to the job posting. When Rogers confronted town administrator Paul Sabiston about it, Sabiston said he was “looking at options.”
“I resigned on the spot,” Rogers said.
He said he thought Sabiston’s actions were “unprofessional.”
For his part, Sabiston said the town was “not necessarily” looking to replace Rogers.
“We could have had two planners, or whatever worked out,” he said. “[Rogers’] resignation was his decision.”
Now, Sabiston says the town is looking to hire someone else—someone with planning experience and a planning certificate or equivalent experience.
The hiring range is $32,550 to $42,650.
Rogers was hired at a salary of $36,000 in January 2007. At the time of his resignation, his salary was $39,125.
Rogers said he thought he was doing a good job.
Since he was hired, Rogers staff-approved more than 3,500 new lots and units, interpreted the unified development ordinance (UDO), created text amendments, oversaw preliminary plats, final plats, planned building groups and helped develop a draft urban waterfront district in line with the town’s new vision plan, he said.
He added his problems have been with administration—not planning board members or aldermen.
“I have respect for the direction the planning board and board of aldermen are going in,” he said. “My conflict is with administration, apparently.”
Contacted Monday afternoon, Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long said the resignation was unexpected, but the town had problems with Rogers in the past.
“When I was out sick, a situation surfaced,” he said. “The board was dissatisfied with what he was doing” and the fact he and another employee weren’t working together.
Long said Rogers was given a period of time to show improvement, but he had not heard anything about it since.
“Everybody has a different idea of what a planner should do, and he was not doing what we thought he should.”