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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One of the deputies interim Bladen County Sheriff Earl Storms chose not to swear in is finally speaking out about what happened. In a story you’ll see ONLY ON 3, former Sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Pait, the nephew of County Commission Chair Bill Ray Pait, says he was surprised to learn he was out of a job Tuesday.

Pait worked for the Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. He was adamant that he was never asked to fill out an application to reapply for his position.

“As I am preparing to walk in to the superior courtroom, I am approached by the now Capt. Herman Dunn of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department who informed me that he did not understand why, but Sheriff Earl Storms had chosen not to swear me back in as a deputy,” Pait said.

Dunn happens to be the campaign manager for Prentis Benston, the Democratic nominee for Sheriff. In an off-camera interview, Debra Nelson, another of the deputies not sworn in, also said she was never asked to fill out an application for her job either.

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