Haug cites increasing workload, family
Tired of juggling work, a family and his duties as commissioner, Brian Haug resigned Tuesday, Dec. 14, from his job on the Waxhaw board. Haug, a merchandise planning manager for Family Dollar, husband and father of two, said things had changed dramatically from when he took the job in 2007.
“Four years ago when I considered running, I figured doing this job would be (easy) and then I realized I had underestimated it,” Haug said. “Since then, things have changed. Our meetings go longer, the amount of time and energy it takes to prepare have grown.”
As an example of the growing workload, Haug cited the fact he spent 15 hours preparing for the debate and discussion over the library expansion this fall.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve made,” Haug said. “I tried to find ways to make this work. I’ve spoken to former commissioners. You have to be very focused on this job, you don’t realize what’s involved until you’re sitting on this side of the table.”
Haug said he looks at others, such as former Mayor Pro Tem Sonny McManus, who retired last year after 12 years on the board and is amazed at how they juggle so much for so long.
“Staff just does an amazing job of getting stuff accomplished,” Haug said. “One of the only reasons I’ve been able to last as long as I have is my reliance on staff.”
Other commissioners said they had known Haug was considering resigning and had tried to change his mind.
“I wrote Brian a whole page (letter), I gave it my best shot,” commissioner Joyce Blythe said, heralding his ability to calculate figures and make objective judgments rather than based on emotion. “He is really gonna be missed.”
Mayor Pro Tem Martin Lane said that he and Brian had discussed the subject a lot and while he didn’t like the idea, he understood where Haug was coming from.
“This (job) is tough,” Lane said. “(Tonight) I missed putting my kids to bed. I don’t like (his decision) but I respect it.”
North Carolina state statutes give towns multiple options in such an incident. In recent years, both Indian Trail and Marvin have dealt with resignations from the board. In each case, the town council chose to appoint someone, to serve until the next election. If Waxhaw chooses not to go that route, they could hold a special election, to install a replacement or simply leave the seat empty.
During his goodbyes, Haug asked the council not to delay in making a decision.
“Do not delay in the appointment of my successor,” Haug said. “To drag things out does nothing to benefit anybody.”