North Carolina ports director resigns

North Carolina ports director resigns

North Carolina State Ports Authority Chief Executive Erik Stromberg resigned Thursday, just days after he was replaced amid charges of spending irregularities at the agency.

The port's board on Tuesday named chief operations officer Tom Eagar to replace Stromberg on an interim basis.

The shake-up followed a report by state auditors that found irregularities in the port authority's travel and entertainment spending, including a trip by Stromberg to the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. in 2003 that he paid for with his agency credit card. Stromberg has since repaid the agency for the trip.

Eagar has been with the authority since August 2000, and was named chief operating officer in July 2003.

The board is currently conducting a search for a permanent chief executive.

The board said Stromberg would receive no severance package beyond $16,015 for unused vacation time.