Jim McDaniel, former director of New Hanover County parks, gardens and senior resources, filed an appeal to his termination, which is expected to be resolved in the next 30 days.
"I can confirm that we've received notice of appeal," said Charles Smith, public information officer, via telephone Wednesday afternoon. “There’s no date to my knowledge that has been scheduled,
but we do hope to have the matter resolved within the next 30 days.”
McDaniel was terminated by New Hanover County shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.
“He was placed on administrative suspension on Sept. 13 and
remained on that paid suspension until [Monday] morning,” Smith said Tuesday.
McDaniel’s suspension was paid.
There is no timeframe associated with the scheduling of the appeal, but once the appeal has been heard the county has 5 days to make a decision. County manager Chris Coudriet will make the final decision.
Smith said that as of 5 p.m. Monday, there was not an appeal
filed on behalf of McDaniel.
McDaniel had 5 days, or until Oct. 1 by 5 p.m., to file an
Once the appeal process has been exhausted, Smith said the
county will look to fill the position permanently.
“If nothing is received then the letter he was provided
yesterday becomes the official and final,” Smith said. “He won’t get anything
additional from the county. If he does file an appeal, then the county will
engage with him and/or his attorney to set up the appeal.”
McDaniel has worked for the county for more than 7 years,
since he first started in March 2005 as Airlie Gardens director.
Assistant county manager Tim Burgess will temporarily fill
“He’s going to serve as the acting director in the interim,”
The length of the interim period cannot be determined at
this time but will last until the position is filled.
“Until the process has been exhausted, everything else is
certainly protected by the personnel privacy laws,” Smith said.
story has been updated since it was first posted on Monday, Sept. 24.