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New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey surprised a lot of people when he announced his retirement Tuesday.

At age 64, Sheriff Causey is taking the county's golden parachute, the early retirement package aimed at trimming New Hanover County's payroll.

WWAY’s Jenna Caiazzo sat down with Sheriff Causey late this afternoon and spoke to him about his 39 years with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department.

Causey's career in law enforcement started on a whim. Back in 1970, Causey quit his job in construction and took a position as a police officer at Carolina Beach.

"Children growing up have ambitions to be firemen, doctors, lawyers and everything, and I never thought I had a desire to be a law enforcement officer,” Causey said.

It wasn't until he cracked his first breaking and entering case that he said, he was hooked on fighting crime. He's come a long way since the days of the Carolina Beach PD, where he said the two police vehicles each had more than 150,000 miles on them.

"Six days a week, no overtime, no flex time, one pair of pants and two shirts," Causey said.

At 25, he moved on to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department where he got his feet wet in every department: patrol, criminal investigations and vice narcotics.

Thirty-nine years later, Causey said it's time for something new.

"It's just going to be a new time in our lives," he said. "I'm a little anxious about it. I'll be around. It's not like I'm moving out of town. I'll check on them, see if they're doing things right, and if they aren't I'll let them know, ha ha."

Causey will step down on July 1. He will then make a nomination to the Democratic Party for someone within the office to take over for the interim. That person will fill in through December. At that point, the party will make another nomination, and there will be an election for a new sheriff.

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2016 years 2 months ago

You said: “The deputies KNEW before they got there that this young man had weapons in the home, particularly GUNS. The deputies ALSO knew that this young man was NO altar boy…he had quite an eventful criminal past AND had bragged of his disdain for law enforcement officials.”

Peyton had one gun, a shotgun he used for hunting, it was locked in a gun safe.

Peyton had no criminal record.

Who knows what Peyton thought of law enforcement PRIOR to those gunslingers shooting him in the head.

Don’t forget Sid Causey apologized for the wrongful act that killed Peyton and the county paid… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Exactly how much money did the Sheriff’s Office pay for the helicopter? How do you know the pilot only works part time? Why would this helicopter cost more for maintenance than the ones the City has?

2016 years 2 months ago

You need help. Seek treatment, please…SOON.

First of all, your spelling and your grammar are ATROCIOUS. It is very difficult to take you seriously at all when it does not appear that you have a firm grasp of English.

Second, I’ll agree with you on ONE point you raised. I too am NO fan of Sid Causey. I don’t like him, did not vote for him, and cannot wait for him to leave.

Third, your statement about “being petrafied of being shot down/murdered in my own home” (btw..it’s PETRIFIED, not petrafied” is ludicrous. Try to think of that… Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

Why don’t you tag along with her, maybe you can get a group discount. Have you had this meaningless rambling problem for very long?

2016 years 2 months ago

No greater man could have endured this positon during some of its greatest challenges and kept us moving forward and keeping our county safe…a man who set up response for our seniors, was alwasys there for our school children, personally was there countless times whenever called on to do AnYTHING he was asked to serve his community as he tackled the gang and drug issues plaguing our area…a man of integrity. We will be hard pressed to find anyone of similar character who can do the great job that Sid has done. The only folks who opposed him are criminals… Read more »

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