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FIRST ON 3: Sheriff McMahon reverts additional $150k to school board

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Sheriff Ed McMahon plans to revert an additional $150,646 to the New Hanover County Board of Education. This decision follows a preliminary decision in January which reverted $172,883.15 to the Board. While Sheriff McMahon acknowledges this will have a negative impact on his budget, he is committed to ensuring that this does not jeopardize the level of service the citizens currently receive.

Sheriff McMahon is hopeful this will resolve the issue with the Board of Education over past receipts of forfeited funds. Any additional funds that are received in the future and rightfully belong to the Board will be transferred to them.

Information from a news release sent to the WWAY NewsChannel 3 Newsroom.

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Great Timing

with an election before him.

Sheriff McMahon gives $150 K to schools

I applaud Sheriff McMahon for giving the funds to the schools. I was never a fan of Sid Causeys, but McMahon seems to be the complete opposite of Causey. I've heard nothing but good things about McMahon and the schools certainly can use the money. I hope the school board doesn't waste it like it does most of our money.

mcmahon is to blame too

lets not forget so quickly that McMahon was the chief deputy during all this and had the reporter from the star news not have found out about this money he would never have given it up.

A little like a kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar. But I will give this much to him, at least he owned up to it...kinda. And that's much more than Causey ever did.

Wasnt this money questioned way back when by the county commissioners?

McMahon gave back the money the commissioners gave the Sheriff

McMahon isn't to blame for any of this. The commissioners recieved the money after a court order signed by a judge granted the funds to the county Sheriff. The commissioners gave the funds to the Sheriff. How in the world can anyone blame McMahon for Causey recieving funds from the county commissioners? If you read the articles, even the reporters and legal folks interviewed acknowledge the law pertaining to the funds was fuzzy. They still don't have a definitive answer. McMahon just avoided the problem by giving it back to the schools, which I'm sure are the rightful owners. No blame, just a fix.

McMahon did the right thing

Everyone in the Sheriffs dept knows Causey was the ONLY person who handled the money and how it was spent. No blaming McMahon. He became the Chief Deputy in the summer of 2007. He had nothing to do with poker money.
Bottom line is McMahon is an honorable man that will do the right thing all the time.
McMahon is the right man for the job. He will do the citizens of this county proud.