Candor, NC-- Since December, News 2 has been following controversy in the small town of Candor.
It started when four out of five town police were fired, followed by rumors of a rigged commissioner's election, a bomb threat, even a commissioner's grandmother taken into custody. Shortly after, a video surfaced of the fired officers using a taser on a suspect, who tells the officers he knows, "Mr. Wayne" or Commissioner Wayne Holyfield.
Most recently, the SBI arrested Commissioner Wayne Holyfield on charges he accessed a government computer. On Monday night, townspeople demanded Wayne Holyfield call it quits at the first town meeting since his arrest.
News 2 Reporter, Liz Crawford was at that meeting where just moments before the meeting started, Holyfield took his seat at the front table. He had very little to say at the meeting and refused to speak with Liz Crawford after the meeting.
Tensions were running high for the dozens of residents who showed up waiting to see if Holyfield would even show his face. One Candor resident, Rebecca Sheppard asked Commissioner Holyfield if he would resign to which Holyfield said, " I will not resign."
Throughout the meeting, Holyfield said very little, hunched over with his eyes down. He did however ask that a back exit door inside the meeting place be more accessible, to which another town commissioner said, "The only person I knew of going out the back door was you."
Richard Britt, the mayor of Candor spoke to News 2 on Monday night after the meeting. Mayor Britt said he feels like his hands are tied and despite Holyfield's arrest, ultimately, he supports him.
" I think Wayne, once he gets some issues behind him, he's going to be good for the town", said Mayor Britt.
However, it seems the rest of the town sees resolution in only one way, including community leader and former Candor mayor, Becky Williams.
"I think the town would bounce back tomorrow if you were to say on your newscast tonight that you have a letter in hand that Wayne Holyfield has resigned", said Williams.
When it comes to Holyfield's arrest last week, he has his first court appearance Tuesday morning.
WFMY News 2