Event rallies support for city manager


Staff Writer

Friday, January 25, 2019

A community meeting Thursday night to support embattled Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney was held behind closed doors.

The Telegram was turned away while other people including retired state Sen. Angela Bryant were allowed in without question by a doorman at Shaq's After Dark on East Highland Avenue.

The nightclub is owned by the Wiggins family. State Superior Court Judge Lamont Wiggins, while a city councilman in 2017, voted to hire Small-Toney.

Small-Toney has come under fire in recent days for apparent cronyism and financial mismanagement.

The council announced Thursday that a closed session meeting to discuss the matter set for 3 p.m. Monday will start an hour earlier. A regular meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Such meetings usually include a public comment period.

The Thursday support meeting was announced on 252 Hoodnewzz, a popular Facebook page.

"Support For Our City Manager Meeting Tonight at Shaqs Aftet Dark 1200 East Highland Ave 6 p.m. 'SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN,'" the announcement reads.

No mention is made that the meeting would be private.

Attempts to reach Wiggins or his father Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners Chairman Leonard Wiggins for comment were unsuccessful.