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Brunswick County is less than a month away from having a new sheriff. State law says that the party of the former sheriff will decide the next sheriff. Because Ron Hewett is a Democrat, the Brunswick County Democratic Party will be choosing the new sheriff. But not without asking for the public’s input.

Days after Ron Hewett resigned amid corruption allegations, the process for choosing his replacement is already underway. “What’s most important now is filling the leadership void right now that was created by Sheriff Hewett resigning,” says Robert Epstein, Vice Chair of the Brunswick County Democratic Party.

“The county deserves a more regular presence and we are committed to being good stewards of the process.” Epstein is part of the committee that will vote on Hewett’s replacement.

Right now, committee members are compiling a list of candidates. They will then hold a public meeting to hear from the candidates and county residents. After a series of votes, committee members will then submit their choice to county commissioners. “We are very committed to having a very open, transparent and a well-run process,” says Epstein. The process is essentially open to anyone.

To be a county sheriff in North Carolina, you must be 21 years old, literate, have lived in the county for one year, and lived in the voting precinct for 30 days. No prior law enforcement experience or party affiliation is required. Ron Hewett resigned earlier this week, after serving as sheriff since 1994.

In March, he was suspended after 22 current and former members of the department came forward with allegations of misconduct and extortion. A federal grand jury has since indicted Hewett, but has yet to put forth its findings. For now, Coroner Greg White remains the county’s acting sheriff.

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Southern Born
2015 years 10 months ago

If we read your post we have all seen some words that say nothing… some of your post are very safe. you take the sure side and hide behind the obviouse, try taking a risk I would respect you more, but just going along for safe sake is boring… come on you can do better than that..I can take it..

2015 years 10 months ago

Dear Gene,
I truly do appreciate anyone who provides information about the goings on in Brunswick county Law Enforcement. We as citizens of this community need to pay attention, not just for ourselves, but for the decent, hardworking, good officers who have to deal with the mess that we were so unaware of.

In the case of Baltree, I am shocked that the town had prior knowledge and did nothing. What are they thinking. I remember several years ago a few of those officers were fired over an incident with a minor girl they met on the internet. That issue went away very quickly. I have to wonder if those officers maintained their BLET certification.

In the case of Hewett, I’m glad that he resigned. He did the right thing for his community by stepping back and allowing for a replacement to come aboard. Now, my concern is this. Who will be that replacement? Are we getting another carbon copy of Hewett? I sure hope not. I do know this about Hewett, he did not start out bad, he ended up badly. I think there are several changes that need to be made to assure that we do not start down the same path.

I believe a citizens advisory board would be appropiate. Some where for LEO’s and citizens to take a complaint that would allow for an outside look at the situation.

Brunswick county is a great place to live, let’s work at keeping it that way by putting into place some checks and balances.

Again, thanks for taking the time to post that information, it opened my eyes to the situation and it’s important that everything get into the light while we have the backing of the state and federal government to clean up the problems.

2015 years 10 months ago

Southern Born,
Thanks for the laugh. Just for future reference it’s Contingency14.

Oh, one more thing. Maybe I was wrong about Hewett. If you are truly working for him, he did not have a chance.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the eye opener, I had no idea.

2015 years 10 months ago

If you are refering to Contingency14 about being a police officer, you are way off base. If this is the person I think it is, I have had many discussions with her on another board I can say almost 99% that she is not a police officer


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