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Mayor Holds Closed Session Meeting

Friday, the day after July 4th, Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy called for a closed door session with City Manager Gary Jackson and several Council Members to discuss the “personnel matter” that so far Council has not officially acknowledged involves Police Chief William Anderson.

Ten days ago on June 25th, Lt. Bill Wilke went public with his allegations Chief Anderson tried to coerce Wilke into a cover-up over an accident involving the Chief’s son in March.

“I was coerced and expected to submit to a set of facts and circumstances regarding the accident involving his son that were clearly false and misleading,” said Wilke on June 25th. “I refused to submit to this coercion."

Mayor Bellamy said she held Friday’s closed door session to get the latest information from the city manager Gary Jackson on his investigation into a personnel matter. Jackson received Lt. Wilke official complaint June 17th. Under city rules Jackson has 30 days to investigate and respond to a complaint.

The Mayor indicated after the closed session that the investigation is nearly complete.

“All interviews have been conducted,” said Bellamy. “They've had an opportunity to talk to everyone who has been named, individuals who had concerns. So right now we want to make sure the council was aware of all the information provided to date.”

Councilors Jan Davis, Cecil Bothwell, Vice-Mayor Esther Manheimer, Mayor Terry Bellamy, City Manager Gary Jackson, and Interim City Attorney Martha McGlohon were all part of the closed session. Councilors Marc Hunt, Gordon Smith and Chris Pelly were unable to make the meeting due to short notice.

Councilmembers who attended indicated to News 13 there could be news on the outcome of the session by next week. But City Manager Gary Jackson reiterated he had until July 17th to announce his findings.

By Kimberly King

Follow Kim on Twitter at @KimKingReports


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