by Jordan Green


Beverly emory named new superintendent for wsfcs

Beverly Emory, who currently serves as superintendent of Pitt County Schools in Greenville, has been chosen as the next superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Emory will begin her new job on July 1, working on a four-year contract for a salary of $190,000. She replaces Don Martin, who has led the school system for the past 19 years. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is the fourth largest public school system in the state of North Carolina.

In a news release on Tuesday, the district cited Emory’s experience leading Pitt County Schools, including raising graduation rates and moving the district to “unitary status” under a 50-year old desegregation order. With 23,000 students, PItt County Schools is the 10th largest school system in the state. — JG

Former wspd officer pleads to misconduct in off-duty work

Winston-Salem City Manager Lee Garrity upheld the termination of police Officer Robert Lee Baker in a final ruling last week. Baker was suspended without pay in August for conduct unbecoming, a violation of department rules.

Garrity said in his letter to Baker that the violation was based on Baker reporting inflated off-duty employment hours for the Housing Authority of Winston- Salem. Garrity said an investigation by professional standards found “that on multiple occasions you left your off-duty employment before the scheduled end of the shift,” but received payments for full shifts.

Baker pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining property by false pretense on Feb. 1. In addition to overbilling the Housing Authority for $490, warrants allege that Baker defrauded Development Management, which owns and manages Northside Shopping Center, for $1,375 by over-reporting his hours. The former police officer has agreed to pay back $2,315 in increments of $275 per month. He is also required to pay a monthly supervision fee of $40.

As part of the plea deal, the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office agreed to defer prosecution. If the defendant makes full restitution and meets other requirements of the program, the charges will be dismissed. Otherwise the judgment will be entered. Baker could not be reached for comment for this story. An affidavit of indigency indicated that Baker is staying with his mother and working at Rush Fitness Center in downtown Winston-Salem, where he receives $200 per month. He has three dependents and is responsible for a $950 monthly mortgage payment. — JG

Guilford County hires new manager

Guilford County Commissioners hired a new county manager last week to replace Brenda Jones Fox. Marty Lawing, who currently holds the position of Brunswick County manager, will start his new job by May 6. The board voted 6-3 to hire Lawing, who will be paid $183,000 a year. Commissioners Carolyn Coleman, Ray Trapp and Bruce Davis — all Democrats — voted against hiring him. The new county manager has a masters in political science from Appalachian State University, where he also received his undergraduate degree. Lawing worked in a similar position in three South Carolina cities prior to his position in Brunswick County. — EG