Candor, N.C. - It's not over. This is just the beginning. That's what people in the town of Candor are saying one day after Wayne Holyfield resigned as commissioner and also got fired by the Highway Patrol.
People have demanded Holyfield's resignation for months. They even passed a petition around town. Now, that Holyfield is gone, you might think the controversy is over. But, that's not necessarily true.
Former Candor Mayor Becky Williams said, "I can't say that I did cartwheels after hearing the news, but I'm glad that justice is finally being served and I think all of this should have happened a long time ago."
Former Candor Commissioner Jim McLeod added, "I think the public pressure is really what led to this. So, I think the public needs to keep it up and continue the pressure until we get answers. We still haven't gotten an answer."
Holyfield led the charge to fire four of the town's five police officers back in December 2012. Now, it's just before Memorial Day and there's still no official explanation from the town for the firings.
Mayor Richard Britt told News 2 Reporter Mark Geary commissioners will likely appoint someone to temporarily take Holyfield's place. That appointment would last until the fall of 2013. At that point, the town will have an election where someone can run to serve the remaining two years of Holyfield's term.
Now the question is, whom will the board appoint? Some people in town suggest it should be Tim Smith, a man who served on the commission for more than a decade. He lost the last election by only a few votes.
Candor commissioners will officially accept Wayne Holyfield's resignation Monday, May 7at the monthly town commissioner meeting.
Click here to read Holyfield's resignation letter.