Christine Bralley retiring

Published 10:30 am Thursday, October 13, 2016

Two days after the Mocksville Town Board called a special meeting and met in a closed session to discuss personnel issues, Town Manager Christine Bralley retired.

Bralley had been employed by the town for nearly 40 years, and announced her retirement via a letter on the town’s website.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Mocksville for almost 40 years,” she wrote. “Public service is a choice, and the citizens are fortunate to have dedicated town employees committed to providing the most efficient and effective services.

“I would like to personally thank the Town of Mocksville employees, contracted associates, current and previous mayors and commissioners along with other local and state officials for the many opportunities of working together,” she wrote. “I look forward to the continued prograss for the Town of Mocksville upon my retirement Nov. 1.”

Bralley’s tenure had been relatively quiet until three former police officers filed a lawsuit against the town, Bralley, and former Chief Robert Cook. The officers won that lawsuit in federal court, and the town, Bralley and Cook owe nearly $2 million.

The jury decided the officers were fired for retaliatory reasons, because they had filed a complaint to the governor’s office claiming corruption in the police department. Bralley, they said, knew of the corruption and did little or nothing about, and helped to find who had filed the complaint.

Mayor Will Marklin said the town is going through the process of finding a new maanger. A special meeting was called for Tuesday of this week to discuss budgetary items, as well as personnel issues.