ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WWAY) — After speaking with WWAY Wednesday afternoon, Bladen County Sheriff Earl Storms called a special meeting with his deputies Wednesday night. One of the officers who attended that meeting says he’s had enough of the political games.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Gary Edwards says he spent time Wednesday night cleaning out his patrol car. That’s because Edwards says he’s convinced he’ll be fired for blowing the whistle on Sheriff Storms.
“We were told tonight that we were not to speak to anybody outside this agency about anything that’s going on with this agency, period,” Edwards said.
He says he’s had enough of the lies and secrets that have spread through the Sheriff’s Department since Storms took over as interim sheriff Tuesday. Storms told us ten deputies were supposed to be sworn in on Tuesday, but Edwards says that’s not true.
“I want to say that there is either 48 or 52 deputies, but everybody got sworn in except for those five,” Edwards said.
And after deciding not to swear in the five deputies Tuesday morning, Storms told us he needed more time to get background information on those deputies. Wednesday, Storms changed his story and said he didn’t swear in those five deputies because they had not filled out an application. But Sgt. Edwards was sworn in, and he says he never filled out an application… until Wednesday night’s meeting.
“The Sheriff, the interim Sheriff that’s acting now, said to me, it’s to cover his ass,” Edwards said.
County Commissioners plan to hold a public meeting Friday to figure out what Storms is up to. Commissioner Billy Ray Pait says commissioners may even ask for Storms’ resignation. Edwards says he also believes the deputies who weren’t sworn in are paying a political price.