Spring Lake mayor names new manager

June 24, 2009 5:04:48 AM PDT
The mayor of Spring Lake declared a state of emergency Wednesday so she could name a new interim town manager.Former town manager Larry Faison resigned after the board of Alderman asked him to step down Monday evening.

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So far, problems at the town's police department have forced the resignation of two officials -- first the police chief last month and then the town manager.

Mayor Ethel Clark named town finance director Allen Coats as interim manager. She used a town ordinance that allows her to act alone if there is an emergency.

Last month a Cumberland County judge and the district attorney stripped the Spring Lake Police Department of its authority after two sergeants were indicted on embezzlement, kidnapping and obstruction of justice charges.