Sholar, Damon quit city positions

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 04:48 PM

Monroe City Attorney Terry Sholar tendered his resignation Friday afternoon.

“It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that effective December 1 will be retiring from the City,” Sholar wrote in an email to the city council. “God has led me in a new direction and has given me other opportunities which I must pursue. I have enjoyed working with each of you.”

“Together, we have faced challenges but accomplished much. The City is blessed to have such a dedicated and hard working staff,” his letter continued. “During my almost twelve years with the City, there have been some very amazing accomplishments which will position to the City for prosperity in the future. I trust I have contributed to those accomplishments in some small way.”

“It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve the City. and I highly value the many friends I have with the City. I will miss working with you on a daily basis, but it is time for me to move on and explore new opportunities. I pray God’s blessing for the City and Godspeed to each of you,” Sholar concluded.

On Thursday, Wilton Damon, resigned his position as chair of the Board of Adjustments. In a letter to City Manager D’Agostino that was forwarded to city council, Damon wrote, “Recently a member of the Monroe City Council thought it would productive on her part to publicly question my integrity and the integrity of the Board of Adjustment attorney in order to try to divert attention from her own misconduct, unethical behavior, and acts of nepotism. I resent her accusations in the press and continue to question her past and present motivations.”

The Board of Adjustment attorney is Anthony Fox of the law firm Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Charlotte. Fox, who was recently selected by his peers to be named in the Best Lawyers in America review guide, conducted a study on the city council and their relationship with city managers that was released earlier this year. The study and the choice to commission him to conduct the study was criticized by some council members. 

“After 30 years of membership on the board I therefore would like you to accept my resignation from the board, effective immediately, as I do not intend to be a part of any government entity that contains any elected officials who try to further their own cause at the expense of ordinary citizens willing to serve,” Damon wrote in the e-mail. “I am thankful to all the past and present board members with whom I have served as they have always exhibited extreme fairness, judgment, and integrity in each of the many cases the board has considered. I wish all the board members and the board attorney all the best in the future.”

Council member Dottie Nash, who the letter obliquely refers to, said that she has never said anything personal about Damon apart from him being the chairman of the Board of Adjustments. 

“He’s served the city and I hate that he feels that way, but it is what it is,” Nash said. “I never said anything about him besides he was the chair of the Board of Adjustments or served with (Anthony) Fox.”

Damon is Council member Margaret Desio’s brother. 

“He’s volunteered for a long time for the city and I hate it,” Nash said. “It is what it is.” 

Damon could not be reached for comment.