"...Three town hall employees, including the town clerk and finance director, got raises of up to $20,000 last year after Williams told the council there would be no merit or cost-of-living raises in a tight budget year.
The investigation into pay practices also revealed that employees were able to trade in vacation time for cash under a "hardship" practice, and several town hall employees received a monthly allowance for driving while others had to document their mileage for reimbursement.
...The move Thursday marks the third time Williams has been fired in the past six years.
He was fired in 2008 after two years as Yadkin County's manager and in 2005 after 22 years as city manager in Henderson.
In Henderson, officials had been concerned that he had spent down the city's savings."