Fri Jan 22, 2021

Whiteville to consider new permit process, police position

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The City of Whiteville will consider reorganizing the structure within the planning, inspections, emergency services and police departments during its first meeting of the year today (Tuesday).

The new structure would reorganize the permitting chain. It would change the supervisor of Permit Technician Crystal Strickland from Building Inspector Kyle Duncan to Planning Director Robert Lewis, whose position would now also incorporate office management to assist with the permit workflow process. Lewis would be the direct supervisor of Duncan, who will also continue to report to City Manager Darren Currie. 

This plan would also include a new position within the police department for an investigations sergeant, who would handle daily operations, coordinate resources and fill in for the acting lieutenant when necessary. This job would have a salary of $38,000-$56,000. 

In addition, the council is expected to approve a grant application by the fire department to receive over $13,500 for equipment and approve budget amendments to a sewer study project fund, which would add hardware expenses into the budget and transfer money from the sewer enterprise fund. 

(Publisher’s note: City Councilman Justin Smith is editor of The News Reporter. To avoid any conflict of interest, he has no role in this newspaper’s coverage of Whiteville city government.)

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