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Brunswick County debating how, when to replace Sheriff Hewett


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.

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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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ronald hewett

you have your opintion and i have mine so open your eyes you dont have the right to judge him your not god


No disrespect intended to you, but please explain how the drugs have been kept out of our county. I have seen that statement a few times since this all began but I fail to see how this is so. If you open your eyes and take off the rose colored glasses you will actually see the dealers on the streets. The drugs that the users get caught with have to come from somewhere....


LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL ron just might be steeling your money He has his guys work on your time spending your money to fix his own things

Ronald Hewett

My focus is not on the Sheriff but on the Christian. Ronald,remember your First Love. He will never let you down. Love and prayers.

Ex Sheriff

If Hewett is a christian then I must be a Saint already. I am an atheist and live my life more "christian" than him. His first love is power and he has proven that.



Never heard him confess

Sorry but you and I must be listening to different tapes of Ronald talking because in all of the tapes I have not heard him confess to anything. The only thing I have heard is him calling someone's wife bad names. Please tell me where you heard the tapes of him confessing. I have heard him say he has done nothing wrong but never did I hear him confess to anything. Post where you heard them from thanks

Hey, isn't Thomas Wright

Hey, isn't Thomas Wright looking for a job?


I love it your to much LOL

Ronald Hewett, do the decent thing and resign


Perfect Solution!

This would be the best end to all of this. By facing his own shortcomings and coming clean he could begin the road back to good citizenship. By giving all information he has on his own crimes as well as all others and their crimes Hewett would be doing a great service for this community. I agree, this should have a positive impact on his punishment(s). This would be an honorable thing. With the cloud over his head right now, he can take control and start the path back to the day light. I for one do not expect it, but would be very supportive of him turning from his current ways and denials and honorably fess up, and face the music. If at the same time he can bring to light other crimes and the perpetrators of such, that is all the better.


With so many accusations flying, how can Sheriff Hewett get a fair hearing? Can it possibly be in Bolivia? There is a lynch mob mentality amongst his opponents and those trying to cover their own backsides. He has already been tried in the media and public opinion has been swayed. Were you guys just not here in the 80's? It felt like most families were headed by women because so many of the county's "fathers" were in prison for one drug charge or another. We've had a Sheriff or two fall before. There is no protocol for replacement? Sure there is, however, Ronald hasn't been fired. That is the problem with a rush to judgment and swift actions to replace. At this point, there is only accusation and allegation. Just out of curiosity, how many "accusers", "witnesses" or whatever you want to call them, have thrown their own names in the hat to replace Ronald? How many of them have ever spent more than a lunch "hour" at local restaurants on "company time"? How many have zoomed past us on the highways well exceeding the speed limit in deputy cars without lights flashing or sirens blaring? Ever seen a deputy car at a local school in the morning dropping off a kid? I have and it wasn't Ronald Hewett. Have you ever found yourself in a jam and asked a friend in a position of authority, who really "knows" you, to help you out when you've acted "out of character" and made a mistake? We all have. Was it obstruction or a second chance to self correct and be who you really are without having your good name sullied? Good people make bad choices all the time. ALL THE TIME! Have you ever worked at a company where you turned in your time card directly to the CEO? Or, better yet, did the CEO ever fill out your time card for you? I haven't. How many of you/us have ever been under such tremendous stress that our mouths engaged before our brain and we said something offensive? Thank God we were among friends. Oops! Not all of us. Friend, I've noticed, has become a very liberal term. As I know it, a friend tries to help. A friend tries to put you back on the right track when you stray. There was no consoling, there was no, "Listen man, this is wrong and you need to try...." There was just more coaxing toward someone obviously under tremendous stress already. Enough pressure to make anyone take an extra drink, smoke an extra cigarette or whatever it is they do to attempt to relieve their minds. Although it is legal to record a conversation provided at least one party knows they are being recorded, it sure does smell like entrapment. I'm no attorney but, I'm pretty sure that is below board. I grew up with most of these guys and I am not proud of them. Rather I am ashamed that they couldn't make their point in a more professional manner. Receipts and witnesses should have been enough. Sworn affidavits should have been more than enough. And could someone please explain the time line to me? Why did the investigation by the DA's office happen only after the first investigation started? The time lines of the affadavits show that some of these "alledged incidents" occurred QUITE some time ago. Long before the first investigation started. Seems a bit odd. God granted, people do what works, but they usually do what works for THEM. Maybe I am wrong. Maybe not. Whatever happens should be fair TO ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. All this public display of hatred should stop. Let the wheels of justice turn.

Ron Hewett

I totally agree with 'Disappointed Citizen's' assessment of Ronald. It's apparent that society has gotten to the point where negative news about someone out weighs any good they have done. No one is perfect, but we, as a people tend to place a person on that kind of pedestal. When they fall, then we are right there to kick them, not help raise them back up. I grew up with Ronald and he has always treated me with honor, respect and someone to whom, if I needed anything, just call him. He has been that way with alot of people. Law enforcement has been his dream and his life since he was teenager. He has cleaned up alot of areas in this county that the previous 2 sheriffs could have cared less about. During his time as Dare Officer, the children just adored him because he genuinly cared for them and their well being. It disturbs me that there are only 20 employees of 150 or so who felt compelled to "take him down." They said it was because of his derelection of his duties among other things. Have these employees forgot that they took the training and went to him for a job, he didn't go searching for them. Who are they to tell him how to handle his duties? Most of them were running around in diapers when he was putting years of experience under his belt. This kind of action for employers is dangerous to our working systems. Yes, employers need to treat their employees with the utmost respect and dignity. But, if an employee feels mistreated, then they need to try and discuss this with their employer, not stage some kind of seige in the media. If that doesn't work, you can always find another job or position eslewhere. Who's to say they won't do it to the next Sheriff? Who's to say other people might get this idea and then there is a presidence of employees dictating how they think their employer, the one who signs their paycheck, should behave? It is not guaranteed or promised that you have to work in that job. Also, those who think that they were wrongly dismissed, NC is a Right To Hire State. That simply means that the way you were hired, an employer can fire you without any cause. Now they are hiding in the shadows watching how all this plays out. What's in it for them? Why haven't the other hundred or so come forward? Ronald Hewett will never be able to please everybody to satifaction at the same time. In the white community, he is not doing enough to stop black criminals, in the black community, he is not doing enough to stop white criminals. He can't win. What you all better look at is the officers behind this garbage. Most of whom he grew up with and called "friend." I know alot of them and can personally say that the things they are saying about Ronald are some of the very things I have seen them do on numerous occassions. What would the public think if they were riding down the hiway and see a county unmarked car on the shoulder of the road, a deputy(s), stradling the ditch throwing up because of too much alchohl at a party? Be careful at who you point fingers, besmurch and pe-judge? It is my hope that Ronald will be able to rise above this travesty. Whatever the outcome, I will still call him my friend. That is what our creator would want from me and I could care less what man thinks.


You are such a great friend you didnt want to put your name on the top of your post guest #719? Why is that?

Guest 719 on Ronald Hewett

Im glad you will call him a friend because the rest of the world will call him Inmate#___. It's nice that he is your friend, because let me tell you some of these men where his long time friends and the position that he put them in was just wrong. Dont worry, your turn with Hewett will come.

Everyone wants a FAIR TRIAL

I found it interesting that you were concerned could Mr Hewett get a fair trial at Bolivia. I have a similar concern. Can the people of Brunswick county be assured the trial would be fair. With the number of people turning a blind eye to the actions of the former sheriff I am concerned with him being able to get at least one (and that is all it takes) person on the jury that would be a "ringer" for him. I'll agree with you on the concern of a fair trial here. Although for the opposite reason. So, if Hewett's lawyers ask for a change in venue I hope Gore goes along with it, without any objection. In fact, if Hewett's lawyers don't ask for that, I hope Gore does. As the accused, Hewett deserves to stand before a jury of his peers. As citizens, we deserve the assurance that those 12 are truly impartial. So, lets get it out of Brunswick County and then let the chips fall where they may (should).

Fair Trial

Yeah lets get it out of brunswick county with a new DA and Judge and let the chips fall where they may...... lets start with the bogus removal hearing...better yet lets put it off until we do a full investigation into the stinky three.....

Maybe Disappointment lies in the wrong area

How could you really think that way? You are disappointed that the officers finally stood up and did the right thing...why? Because they should have been better friends? Wow...I can see here that quite a few people are morally challenged.

Morally challenged?

How about fair? There is your challenge! Be fair.

Really now Disappointed Citizen...

Are you sure you aren't Ron Hewett himself? You do a LOT of defending. I'm not saying he wasn't a good person when he was first elected, but things change. Money and power corrupts people and Mr. Hewett has apparently been going down hill for a number of years. Ron Hewett knew that he was going to get caught sooner or later. He deserves to be punished. I'm not saying that there isn't abuse of power on ALL levels at BCSO, but he is the one that has been caught...boy has he EVER been caught. Maybe he is a good person deep down inside. He could be sorry for all that he has done, but I think it's probably more along the lines of SORRY that he GOT caught doing the things he has done.

Replacing Ron Hewett ?

From everything that I'm reading here, it appears that the lot of you wouldn't know a good sheriff if he fell on top of you. And I really believe you believe what you write. Too bad. If you are residents of Brunswick County and you are wrong (and I believe you are,) if Ron Hewett were to be replaced you would be the ones to suffer and probably the first ones to whine about the new guy. Sheriff Hewett is tough and he doesn't take any garbage off of anyone. You should live in one of the surrounding counties....then you'd REALLY have the right to whine. Why don't you get facts before you railroad someone, huh?


Al Capone was pretty tough too.

That's just funny!

We wouldn't know a good Sheriff if it landed on top of us? HAHA! That may be true because we have had a bad one for so long! I don't think that the fingers should be pointed at the deputies who did their job, or the citizens of Brunswick County for feeling disappointed and let down. Hewett was wrong. It doesn't matter how much stress he was under, or how hard he deemed his job to be. He took the oath to do that job and he failed miserably. The officers did what was right as Law Enforcement officials...which is their job and the oath they took! Their job is not being Sheriff Hewetts friend!!!

No their job was being his

No their job was being his friend while they were "climbing" the ladder themselves.

Sheriff Hewett

Good thinking, Huey

Replacing Sheriff Hewett

How can we replace Sheriff Hewett without replacing the other corrupt officers in his department? Sheriff Hewett cannot be the only bad one in his department. The continued corruption for injustice in the department is not fair to the citizens of Brunswick County. Sure, we need a permanent Sheriff, but we also need new officers to protect the citizens of Brunswick County. We need officers that work for the citizens of the county and not for there own benefits. How could these officers have protected the citizens when they were so unhappy with their superior officer? The code of silence is strong between law enforcement, but the safety of citizens of this county should come first.

safety for self comes first

I am an officer myself and I don't care who you are I will do whatever in my powers to make you feel safe however when it comes to safety, my life is number one. I'm there to help when we are called by people but first thing that should go through every officers mind is officer safety. but if half the county didn't call 911 for the stupid things such as "there was a car about an hour ago that cut me off at such and such location can you see if they are still there?" call *HP for god sake, like we have nothing better to do.


Go ahead and replace mr hewett he needs a rest from all the stress he has put him self in


They way I understand the statute, the polictial party the "removed" sheriff is affiliated with is responsible for nominating a replacement within 30 days. The sheriff has not been removed from office permanently. He has been suspended. The hearing that was postponed until May 5 will decide if he is removed permanently. The democratic party will 30 days from that day to nominate a replacement. Not 30 days from the suspension. It has be a permanent removal. Until then, Greg White is acting as sheriff as stated in NCGS. *disclaimer* I am not a Hewett supporter but the statute is what it is.