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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — In just a few days Brunswick County will have a new sheriff. The county Democratic Executive Committee will decide Ron Hewett‘s successor Saturday. Just after Ron Hewetts resignation last month, 13 people came forward — each hoping to become the next sheriff of Brunswick County. Now several weeks later some people have changed their mind. Former Leland Mayor Franky Thomas withdrew his name. Brunswick County Democratic Party Chair Vernon Ward said, "He called me and said he would like his name withdrawn because with so many people running he thought it would be better for the party." Wiley Snow also pulled out. James Contreas had to drop out as well. Ward said, "He heard about this opening when he was on vacation in Myrtle Beach and he lived in New York and worked in New York and when he got the information from me he said I don’t think I meet the residency requirements do I? I said I don’t think so." Sam Davis, Tim Daniels and Don Warren have also backed out. Some candidates — still in the running — have to answer questions about their past. Chief Deputy of Brunswick County John Ingram came under scrutiny about his residency; he lived for a short time in Columbus County. "We feel very confidant that nothing will happen if challenged, because we feel that he meets all the requirements," Ward said. There’s also talk about county Board of Elections Chair Willie Sloan having been indicted for embezzlement back in 1993. Again, the Democratic party chair says it’s not an issue. "That’s irrelevant because he was found not guilty," Ward said. Other candidates still being considered are:

  • Kyle Jones, a member of the sheriff’s drug enforcement unit
  • Jerry Dove, Southport’s police chief
  • Detective Jennifer Fisher of Holden Beach
  • Walt Willis, former police chief of Southport
  • Doug Todd, chief of the tri-beach Volunteer Fire Department in Supply
  • Elizabeth Lewis, a former magistrate in Brunswick County
  • Carlton Ebhardt, a retired US marshall.

Ward and the rest of the Democratic Party’s executive committee will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday to select their choice for sheriff. The name will be given to the commissioners on Monday where state law says "they shall pick who the party has selected."

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2016 years 2 months ago

To who ever takes that job..GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.

Who ever takes it, we need to back him/her and give them all the support we can. If we do that and give them an honest chance, hopefully we will all be pleasantly surprised.

Southern Born
2016 years 2 months ago

well said Contingency, I agree.

2016 years 2 months ago

Let’s face it…… We don’t truly know the candidates and As the old saying goes, all that glitters is not always gold.

Lets just pray fot the best….

2016 years 2 months ago

I must agree that it seems as if John Ingram is doing a good job “leading” the Sheriff’s office…However, let us NOT FORGET who the people are that have actually solved this crime and arrested the guilty. If the word on the street is correct Lt. Sam Davis is the one who has worked to solve this crime. Maybe he should not have backed down from the “leaders” positiion race.I guess we found out who has been doing the real WORK all this time.Maybe Ronald just liked the lime light, but the real workers have come to light now.I… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

I certainly hope that all politics are set aside and that the new Sheriff will be someone who has a proven record of integrity, wide scope of experience in and out of Brunswick County and a solid educational background in law enforcement. It takes a well-rounded person with “all” of the characteristics needed of a leader to lead our county back into a respectful and law abiding organization. Keep the larger picture in mind…safety, security of our citizens and no backdoor politics. God Bless our new Sheriff and each of the voters who will be selecting him/her.… Read more »

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