OCEAN CITY — Allegations that City Manager David Recor was suicidal and violent during a recent encounter with his wife were included in court documents filed this month.
On May 10, Maria Recor obtained a temporary protective order against her husband after an incident on May 5 in Fort Meyers, Fla., where the couple was with family for their daughter’s college graduation.
In her written petition for protection from her husband of 23 years, Maria Recor wrote, “On Sunday evening, May 5, David was angry and upset at me for not paying him enough attention. We were at a vacation house and he climbed to the roof top and was threatening to jump. I told him to come back over, his daughters could hear and see. I had hold of his arm, keeping him on the railing. He said you don’t love me and I said no I don’t. He swung at my face and hit me near the eye. He then came over the railing and pushed me violently to the ground twice, my head slamming into the ground. He then arrived to our home and took my car.”
City manager since June of last year, David Recor issued a statement this week after the court records were made public.
“This is a very difficult time for myself and my family. I thank everyone in advance for respecting my privacy during this very painful and personal matter,” Recor’s statement read.
In the meantime, it was business as usual for Recor this week, but he did have a noticeable black eye. On Monday, he was present at the Police Commission and Tourism Commission meetings. On Tuesday afternoon, he was in attendance at the Mayor and Council work session and then later participated in the Recreation and Parks Commission meeting.
The Mayor and Council did not discuss the allegations publicly at Tuesday’s meeting, and there have reportedly been no discussions on action being taken against Recor or talks about his future with the city.
The temporary protective order maintains Recor cannot contact his wife or enter her residence in Ocean City. David Recor’s address is listed as Onancock, Va., while Maria Recor’s address is Ocean City. A final protective order hearing is set for May 17 at 10 a.m. in Snow Hill.
Mayor Rick Meehan on Wednesday said he and David Recor took part in a conference call together that morning and the city manager is continuing with his work obligations.
“He is moving forward with his duties and I think he will continue to do so. I have confidence in David and I have confidence in his abilities to lead our city,” Meehan said. “David’s a quiet man. He has a good presence at City Hall and everybody at City Hall supports him and enjoys working with him. I think they all want to continue with business as usual.”
Meehan shied away from questions regarding the content of the protective order.
“That’s a personal matter, and I don’t think it’s all been resolved. I think we need to wait and let that all play out and see what happens. I think it’s best to not comment and give them the opportunity to work this out and move forward,” Meehan said.
In her handwritten order, Maria Recor spells out a history of domestic issues. She wrote there has been, “numerous occasions of physical violence over past 23 years against both myself and two oldest daughters.”
Maria Recor’s comments about her husband are not the first heard about a volatile-at-times David Recor, who came to Ocean City last year from Fort Pierce, Fla., where he served as city manager from 2008 to 2012.
In an interview last May with The Dispatch after Recor was selected to be Ocean City’s top appointed official, at a salary of approximately $147,000 a year, Fort Pierce Commissioner Reggie Sessions, one of his former bosses, called Recor an intelligent leader, but said he does have a temper.
“David’s young. When you are young, you tend to have a stronger pride … and he has some characteristics about him in terms of his nature and response and temper sometimes with individuals in the political field. They realize that he’s volatile and will react … that will sometimes cause problems for him.” During an interview with The Dispatch the next week in May 2012, Recor addressed Sessions’ claims about his temper.
“Commissioner Sessions has offered some very good advice that I have taken to heart. That is to be meek and humble and not react to the political criticisms. Meek and humble has been great advice. Knowing when to hit the pause button has been another piece of good advice. Not every criticism or point, whether it’s accurate or just wrong, is worthy of a response, in other words. Not everything merits a response,” he said. “I think what Reggie was really referring to was some of the folks here knew how to push my buttons. There were attacks on my family by some, and there’s no being meek and humble about those sorts of things. That’s just uncalled for, no matter who you are. I have taken constructive criticism over the years and I have learned from it, and I have never been afraid to admit when I made a mistake. What I believe is that’s important to acknowledge when a mistake has been made because that’s the only way you learn from it.”