- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

NAVASSA, N.C. (AP) - The Navassa Town Council has voted to reassign Mayor Eulis Willis’s administrative duties to the council.

The Wilmington Star-News reports (https://bit.ly/1ONHTEc) that the council made the decision this week. North Carolina law says mayors do not have administrative authority. However, the council granted Willis administrative powers four years ago when Navassa lost its administrator. Willis assumed all administrative duties, like securing grants and overseeing the town’s department heads.

Councilman Athelson Bethel says council members feel they haven’t been given the latitude to exercise their responsibilities, and want those duties reassigned to them.

Willis says he isn’t sure how the change will impact the town.

The council plans to hold a retreat in the coming weeks to determine what the town’s administrative duties are and how they will be fulfilled.

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Information from: The StarNews, https://starnewsonline.com

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