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New Bern's Mayor is back on the job

By Valentina Wilson
Published On: Jun 11 2013 08:36:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 11 2013 08:40:12 PM CDT
Mayor Bettis

New Bern Mayor Lee Bettis conducted his first Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday night since taking some time off last month. Mayor Pro Tem Sabrina Bengel had been serving in his place.

Bettis was arrested on a DWI charge in Havelock May 6. Two days later, allegations surfaced of a domestic assault at his home. That's when Bettis announced he was taking some time off from his job as mayor.

Alderman Victor Taylor tells NewsChannel 12 he talked to the city attorney Tuesday night to see if he could bring up the issues involving Mayor Bettis, but Taylor says he was advised those issues could not be discussed at the meeting.
Aldermen plan to vote on the city's budget next week.