Guilford County Manager Marty Lawing is resigning.
Lawing was hired by Guilford County in 2013 to be the county’s top administrator.
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote to accept Lawing’s resignation at the board’s Thursday, Dec.17 meeting after a closed session that’s being held to discuss personnel matters. The details of his departure have been worked out and Lawing isn’t expected to attend what will be the commissioners’ last scheduled meeting of the year and Lawing’s last as Guilford County manager.
The primary reason the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and Lawing are parting ways is that they now don’t see eye to eye on many issues. In 2013, Lawing was hired by a Board of Commissioners led by a conservative Republican majority. However, in the November 2020 election, Democrats took control of the Board of Commissioners and chose Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston to lead that board.
Alston and Lawing have had many disagreements over the years and that is one reason for the separation.
Republican Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson said Thursday afternoon that he was very displeased with Alston. He said Alston is the one behind Lawing leaving.
“Marty’s gone,” Branson said, adding that the move was almost entirely Alston’s doing.
“Skip’s a rogue and he has always been a rogue and he will die a rogue,” Branson said.
Branson also said that the board’s two new Democratic commissioners were led by Alston to go along with Lawing’s resignation.
“They are just puppets on a string,” Branson said, “They are puppets on Skip’s string.”
Branson said that Lawing had been an exceptional manager and Guilford County was crazy to drive him away.
One source high up in Guilford County government said that the terms of the resignation and Lawing’s exit package had been agreed to in the days leading up to the Dec. 17 meeting.