BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- Ron Hewett is no longer Brunswick County's sheriff. He resigned Tuesday. Hewett had been suspended but was still technically sheriff pending the outcome of a May removal hearing. Now he's out, and still faces two criminal investigations. Some say this was expected -- it was just a matter of when. Regardless, suspended Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett had his attorneys turn in a resignation letter late this morning. It's effective immediately. The letter was quite short. Hewett wrote: "I hereby resign my position as the sheriff of Brunswick County effectively immediately."
After receiving the letter District Attorney Rex Gore withdrew the petition to remove Hewett from office. According to County Attorney Huey Marshall, everything associated with the petition goes away. Coroner Greg White continues as interim sheriff. There are still four state criminal indictments against Ron Hewett. Despite Tuesday's resignation letter those indictments remain. Hewett also remains the target of an ongoing federal grand jury investigation. A call to the US attorneys office yielded a "no comment" today.
What's next for Hewett
Despite today's resignation, Ron Hewett's legal problems are far from over. White will continue as acting sheriff. The county commissioners sent a letter Tuesday to the local Democratic Party, requesting the group nominate a replacement. They have 30 days to do so. Then it's back in the commissioners hands to approve the nominee.