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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Since Ronald Hewett’s suspension as the Brunswick County sheriff there has been a lot of debate and even confusion as to when and how to replace him. While county commissioners and the Brunswick County Democratic party try to work out the details is public safety being compromised without a permanent sheriff? Since it’s uncommon for a sheriff to be suspended the state laws addressing what to do about a replacement are vague and don’t give the decision makers much guidance.

Just two days ago, Brunswick County attorney Huey Marshall asked the commissioners to request that the Democratic party nominate a replacement sheriff within 30 days. Now he’s changed his mind. He feels that the state law’s definition of vacancy is too vague and that maybe there isn’t an opening for the sheriff’s position. He’s afraid if the petition to remove Hewett is not passed — and a new sheriff has been named — the county could end up with two sheriffs. Marshall said, “Given the vague definition of vacancy there has been no succession of responsibility. The sheriff’s office is functioning and our coroner is full capable of seeing that those duties are performed.” State law says the coroner will take on the duties of sheriff until the position is filled. And Marshall says so far the duties have been fulfilled and residents shouldn’t be concerned. Marshall says on Monday he will ask the commissioners to ignore his request to find a new sheriff quickly, and instead hold off on finding a replacement sheriff for now. There have not been any cases like this in recent history and the law regulating the succession was written in 1919. Everyone is researching and trying to figure things out as they go.

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7 years 10 months ago

I think it is education that is lacking in Brunswick County more than ANYTHING. Do any of you have spell check? Just curious.

BCC has ‘Continuing Ed’ programs.
Just go to http://www.brunswickcc.edu/ and enroll.

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Cali-Gore
2016 years 2 months ago

Something disturbs me a great deal about this whole indictment process coming out of Brunswick county itself. Now, I’m neither pro or anti Hewitt but I find it VERY disturbing that the Rex Gore, the D.A. who charged him and the judge who he appeared before, Ola Bray, are mentioned by him as being “helped”.

Hewitt even goes into it deeper by implicating Davis and Caison himself as “helping” Rex. Hewitt’s attorneys need to really investigate the matter. I see a huge conflict of interest here. While it certainly appears there was some wrongdoing going on, Hewitt is beginning… Read more »

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Brunswick County Girl
2016 years 2 months ago

Ronald Hewett back in office? I dont think so. These deputies took a stand and stood up for their fellow officers and for the citizens of BC what do you think will happen to them if Ronald is given his position back? If he is allowed to do this then we have no justice in our county. Ronald Hewett had it made and the power went to his head. Now that it is out everyone wants to defend him well instead of defending him, we need to back the officers who had the decency to stand up to this monster.… Read more »

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smartness
2016 years 2 months ago

IS ANYONE IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY AWARE THAT NO MATTER WHAT EMERGENCY YOU HAVE, FOR EXAMPLE…
YOUR HOUSE COULD BE ACTIVELY BEING BROKEN INTO,
YOU AND YOUR SPOUSE COULD BE INVOLVED IN A VIOLENT DOMESTIC SITUATION, OR BETER YET THERE COULD BE A BANK HOLD UP OR WORSE A STABBING,SHOOTING OR RAPE, AND IF THE SHERRIFFS DEPARTMENT DEPUTIES ARE DIRECTING SCHOOL TRAFFIC….OR ESCORTING A FUNERAL PROCESSION IT TAKES PRESIDENCE OVER EVERYTHING!!! IT SEEMS TO TAKE 9 OUT OF THE TEN PATROL OFFICERS WORKING TO ESCORT A FUNERAL, LEAVING ONE OF THEM AT THE SHERRIFFS DEPARTMENT FRONT DESK! I PROMISE YOU IF YOU CALL… Read more »

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Guest28450
2016 years 2 months ago

Maybe someone from Columbus County can help!! Their SO is run the right way!

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