These are from the Highlands Memorial Day ceremonies of 2001:
On the 11-01-11 N&O Wake Ed blog, Wotus, as "Jeffrey 1," posted the following:
THE Highlands Borough Council voted four to one to relieve Borough Administrator John T. Tedesco of his duties.According to Councilman Robert M. Rauen, the decision, made at the Sept. 4 council meeting, was not an easy one.
"We need leadership in the borough," he said. "There was no one specific reason that the council came to the decision to relieve John of his duties."
However, over the past few months, the council has had an issue with the timeliness of Tedesco's performance.
Councilwoman Sherry Ruby described Tedesco's position as a difficult one. She cast the sole vote against relieving Tedesco of his duties.
"He has five managers (the five council members). Sometimes, we are going in all different directions. Sometimes, we did not give him a clear direction."
"Leadership is the key at this point," Rauen said. "This is a quality position, and we need leadership."
According to Borough Attorney Robert B. Thaler, Tedesco will receive three months' severence pay because the council opted to relieve him of his duties immediately.
"As the Borough Administrator for Highlands, my drive, passion, and commitment for this community led me to accomplish much-needed growth and development for Highlands," Tedesco wrote a letter responding to the council's decision.
"However, all my efforts could not combat the fact that I was naive to believe that hard work and progress could stand above politics as usual. So now the council has chosen to begin the seventh administration in nine years."
Mayor Richard W. O'Neil declined comment on the decision.
As for replacing Tedesco, Rauen only said that a replacement would be found soon.
There is nothing haphazard about Deborah. Quiet and unassuming. Respectful and a listener. No ego, no dance. No unwritten lyrics. The best person to be coupled throughout the State of North Carolina (and the United States) with Superintendent Tony Tata.It's just one of many things that District 3 voters should consider for the upcoming run-off."
Now if that isn't a blow to the sitting Wake School Board vice chairman, nothing is!