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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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2015 years 8 months ago

Just another thug off the street.

2015 years 8 months ago

How is it you can say Peyton Strickland was a criminal? He has no criminal convictions, only one charge of popping an obnoxious drunk guy in the jaw at a party and he dropped the charges.

What other charges did this boy have? A speeding ticket and a hunting without a license.

The young Mr. Strickland was far from being a hardened criminal worthy of an ERT invasion. My God man, if I called out ERT every time I had to served a warrant they would be working round the clock.

Don’t forget Deputy Long was charged with murder, is he a hardened criminal?

Local 51
2015 years 8 months ago

First I would like to thank Sheriff Causey for his service to law enforcement here in New Hanover County.Good luck to you in the future.

Second would this not be a good time to consolidate the Police and the Sheriffs Department.We have Chief Evangalist is more than qualified to do the job.That would save the county $140000 plus dollars a year just in salary.Plus I am sure there are other divisions of those 2 departments that can use less personell.

I know there is a law ref to the sheriff be a elected office but I am sure there are ways to do it.Maybe some county officals will see where this could be a BIG savings.

Guest 49
2015 years 8 months ago

How is it that a person elected to office by the people of New Hanover County gets to take early retirement??????? And, how in the world is that supposed to save the County money?????? Won’t we have another sheriff? He’ll have the same benefits as the current one. I don’t get it – he was ELECTED. Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT sorry to see him go – it’s just that I do not understand why an elected official gets to take an early retirement – shouldn’t an elected office be exempt from that sort of perk? Elected official is a smidge different from your run-of-the-mill employee, and owes that time to the voters that put him in office.

It’s a two-edged sword – as I said, I do not like him, but by the same token, he was elected to do a job for the voters, by the voters. What’s wrong with this picture???

former deputy
2015 years 8 months ago

I just retired not too long ago from that circus of a department. That Department needs a new leader and not one from the good ole boy move up eiter. Go to the sheriff’s web site and look at all of the command staff!!! 2 capts., in the jail…like 30 Lt.’s and 1st Sgts and two Chief Deputies. Stop giving your buddies rank because there mad that they feel left out. That why deputies are having to give furlough time. Need to trim the staff and put those people back on the street and in the jail to work. And ground that helicopter and sell it….there is a waisted million dollars.


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