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Valdese Town Manager Terminated

Valdese Town Council fired Town Manager Seth Eckard during a recent special called meeting. Reports state that the action was unanimous in closed session.

Mayor Charlie Watts said the termination is a personnel issue. Eckard was terminated without cause, according to reports.

A published report says according to the employment contract, Eckard would receive a severance of six months of his base salary if the council terminated his employment without cause. The manager serves at the pleasure of the board, which means their employment can be terminated at any time. Eckard’s annual salary is reportedly $113,000.

Eckard’s last day will be this upcoming Friday, December 1.

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB. Some information from the Town of Valdese & published reports. Photo of Seth Eckard courtesy of Town of Valdese]