BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren met with fellow commissioners Monday night for the first time since he called an investigation of racial discrimination by Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies and fellow commissioners.
Last week, the Sheriff’s Office determined there was no evidence of racial intimidation or profiling by two deputies and commissioners Bill Sue and Scott Phillips against Commissioner Warren. Warren had reported one deputy sat too close to him and stared at him during a recent meeting. He also alleged that a traffic stop by another deputy was racially motivated.
Tonight, Warren said the issue is still not resolved.
“The issue is going to be addressed. The issue is being addressed,” Warren said. “It is not over yet, but I’m moving forward to take care of the citizens of Brunswick County.”
When we asked Warren if the investigation he called for is coming out of taxpayers’ wallets, Warren said no, but would not say how it is being funded. He also told us fellow commissioners ignored his proposal tonight of putting security guards at schools.
In response to how commissioners are moving forward with Warren, Commission Chair Bill Sue said, “From my viewpoint we’ve tried all along to work with Commissioner Warren, and we will continue to do so.”
Also at tonight’s meeting, commissioners approved a county budget for next year.