Woman accused of hitting Raleigh planning director

colin.campbell@newsobserver.comJune 28, 2013 

— A former Raleigh planning department employee was charged Thursday with assaulting her former boss during a planning commission meeting.

Lillian Thompson, who until 2010 was the Southeast Raleigh Assembly coordinator for the city, is due in court July 12 on a simple assault charge filed by Mitchell Silver, Raleigh's planning director. Silver said he was punched in the shoulder after the commission approved a Sheetz gas station near Thompson's home.

Thompson has admitted she was upset by the decision but says her contact with Silver was "a tap on the shoulder." She said she emailed him an apology shortly after the incident Tuesday.

"I admit I was a little aggressive with him," she said Wednesday.

Thompson is vice-chairwoman of the Northeast Citizens Advisory Council, a city-sponsored neighborhood group that's been fighting the proposed Sheetz at Buffaloe and New Hope roads.

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