Allegations of using tax payer’s money to buy a home surrounded the town of Bethel’s mayor Gloristine Brown.
But, she’s speaking out against those claims and says she’s always maintained a level of transparency with the people in the community.
“The town of Bethel did not help me and my husband find a home, they did not purchase us at a home,” said Mayor Brown.
Mayor Brown has presided over the town of Bethel since 2014 and has lived in the town for more than 30 years.
A few of those years were spent at the Whitehurst Mobile Home Park.
In the summer of 2018, Mayor Brown and other residents received a letter that the mobile park would be closing.
“We were given a certain time period to move,” said Mayor Brown. “I was told that if the residents wanted to stay, they could stay and if they wanted to leave, they could leave.”
After receiving word about the closure, Mayor Brown and her family began making accommodations.
“My husband said we need to start working on this now,” said Mayor Brown. “We were able to work with a realtor to find a property and we turned a bad situation into a positive.”
Despite the minor setback, Mayor Brown says her focus is on the town of Bethel.
“We’re trying to build the town, we’re not trying to do anything to hurt the town,” said Mayor Brown.
Partnerships are at the forefront of Mayor Brown’s agenda.
“We want to work with Pitt Community College, City of Greenville and East Carolina University,” said Mayor Brown. “We want to learn and see what resources are out there for us to help build our community,”
Mayor Brown says economic development is another priority.
“We need more rooftops, tax-base and businesses,” said Brown. “Not only will it be a plus for Bethel, but a plus for our neighbors.”
As a long time resident and local politician, Mayor Brown says fighting for the people is her first priority.
“We have our young people to think about,” said Mayor Brown. “We want them to be able to come back home and have something to come back to.”