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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – As of Saturday, no agreement has been reached between Oak Island town leaders and the former town manager.
Former town manager Jerry Walters is suing the town after he said leaders refused to give him his severance package, and town leaders in Oak Island made a trip to Wilmington to try and reach a settlement regarding a pending lawsuit against the town.
Town council met Friday morning in the law offices of Shipman & Wright in Wilmington.
The meeting was called to order at 9:30 a.m. and soon went into closed session.
Walters is being represented by Corey Reiss in this matter. Reiss told WECT.com he hopes some settlement or agreement will come out of Friday's mediation.
The party representing Oak Island's town council members said this lawsuit is a "serious matter.
WECT.com is told that the town consulted with the NC Institute of Government on how to go about executing this special meeting.
It was announced Friday morning that council will discuss pending litigation, along with personnel issues in the meeting.
Council will be split into parties of two and will be put into individual rooms. The mediator will then "shuffle" from room to room so that council will not be able to discuss the litigation as a whole. Each room with two council members will then vote on the pending litigation.
The mediator will then keep a tally before letting all council members reconvene into a meeting as a whole group.
If council does not reach a resolution on Friday a public announcement will be made and it will become public record.
Stay with WECT News for the latest in this developing story.
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