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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Social Services Board meeting today got out of hand with two people getting kicked out and even threatened to be arrested. Board member Pat Sykes says she was just speaking up for what she believes was right when she was told to leave.

Sykes says she wanted to add something to the agenda at today’s meeting when she was told she had to go.

“(Charles Warren) wanted me to leave the meeting, and I refused, and then he ordered the chief deputy to have me arrested,” Sykes said.

Sukes says she was kicked out of the board’s meeting twice Tuesday. She says after the tried to add something to the agenda, Warren, a member of the Brunswick County Commission and chair of the Social Services Board, told her to leave. When she tried to come back in, Warren told her again to leave.

“I left the meeting and walked back in as a public attendee, and I was not allowed to attend the meeting either,” Sykes said.

Sykes says she and other members of the board wanted to discuss a personnel problem, but Warren refused to move forward.

“He doesn’t like for me to speak out on issues,” Sykes said. “Basically I’m trying to go by what the North Carolina DSS requires us to go by, and each time I try to do that he refuses to allow it.”

Sykes says she was not the only person kicked out of the meeting. She says a reporter was also told to leave after questioning Warren’s motive for calling a closed session without explaining why.

We tried to speak with Warren after the meeting this afternoon, but he left through a back door to avoid our camera.

We did talk to him over the phone, where he first denied that anything happened at the meeting. When we told him that we were told he tried to have Sykes arrested, he said Sykes was being disruptive and disrespectful to the chair.

Sykes says she was told that she is suspended from all further meetings with the board, which she says is illegal. She plans to be at the next meeting December 20.

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10 Comments on "Warren kicks Social Services Board member out of meeting twice"

deputy 25
2015 years 9 months ago

TYPICAL! would you expect anything else!

2015 years 9 months ago

Mr. Warren is an idiot who has no idea what he is doing and Pat Sykes was put on the board to antagonize him which she has done very well. Both of them are acting like little children and because of it Brunswick County Social Services and the clients they serve are suffering.

It's pat
2015 years 9 months ago

She is just a busy body, always in someone elses business. She may have the right to be there, but believe this, she was there to cause trouble for somebody, but wait she had her next door neighbor, chief miller with her, so of course she was protected

2015 years 9 months ago

Mr Warren has proven AGAIN the HE is incapable of conducting himself in a professional and knowledgable manner. It is apparent that this individual does not have a clue as to rule of law or personal conduct and is on some sort of power trip and incapable of effective leadership.

Speak up Brunswick County….let it be known we deserve better and ask Mr. WARREN BE REMOVED! Enough!!

its pat
2015 years 9 months ago

I was at the meeting and pat sikes should have been arrested, she is always getting into someone elses business instead of minding her own. Take a hint pat, no one wants your opinion or suggestions.

2015 years 9 months ago

No matter what you think about her, she *is* a member of the Board and has every right to be there and every right to offer her opinions. She has more right to be there than you.

2015 years 9 months ago

It appears this was a public meeting and as such the general public and media have a right to attend. I cannot speak to the question posed by the reporter but that is what they do for a living and if Ms. Sikes is a Board Member, she had the right to be there, be herd and to make request under the rules of the meeting. Sounds to me like this Mr. Warren has a problem with Ms.Sikes and with the rule of law. I suspect it is going to get very interesting at the next meeting she attends as a Board Member. If Ms. sikes was infact told that as a Board Member, she is suspended from all further meetings with the board, I think this Mr. Warren may find himself in a bit of a legal pickle potentially with DSS, the State of NC and possibly even the Federal Government.

Citizen of the Republic
2015 years 9 months ago

He denied that anything happened?
Better get a grip bud, don’t lie to the press.
Strike one!

“he said Sykes was being disruptive and disrespectful to the chair”

People don’t like it when you slide out the back door, unwilling to speak to citizens or press. It kinda looks bad on your character.
Strike two!

But, these are the people running things. Maybe it’s time he stepped down, and let someone who will conduct themselves properly.

If he’s unwilling to step down, SOMEONE STEP HIM DOWN. Fire his sorry clown a@@ and get someone willing to do the business at hand instead of coordinating his getaway to avoid cameras.

A change of leadership in social services is demanded. There needs to be an audit of his department, complete with citizenship determinations of recipients of services.
Strike three! Oh yea, there’s money going to illegals.

Where will he hide then? Not in the public sector!

2015 years 9 months ago

There were issues of conflict of interest of Mr Warren serving concurrently on both boards to begin with and it was brought up by the Brunswick County Board and Warren accused them of racism. (it seems if you question an African-American Politician thats their answer, if we dont like it its racism which is 99% of the time not the case). Mr Warren needs to be reminded of the public meetings law and as such he was in violation of it. Would seem to me that Mr Warren seems to subscribe to the same mentality of Chief Jayne in Leland that the law doesnt apply to them like it does everybodyelse.. DSS in Brunswick County has some serious issues not the least of which is the supposed PRTF in Leland for teens that has violated DSS rules in the past itself and yet continues to function with impudence despite Class A violations with max 10k fines being recieved for abuse by staff members against the kids in that facility (and has staff members with known felony records as well as people who work as jailers at legit correctional facilities and have treated the kids as prisoners and criminals instead of those who need legitimate help) Its too bad DSS wont investigate the issues in that facility that should be shut down and such (if any have seen the report on 48hrs regarding children been force fed medications and ended up with serious problems and misdiagnosed and once they are taken off all the pyschotropic meds they are fine but DSS would rather medicate and keep them drugged vs appropriate pyschotherapy because its simply cheaper.. Go to Google and look it up was on about a week ago its a crime whats happening to kids “in the system” these days.

2015 years 9 months ago

Commissioner Warren is a loose cannon and appears to have broken state laws numerous times. He should be removed as chairman of that board. He should be challenged by the press for kicking out a member of the board and a reporter and sued for his actions. He is very divisive. Hopefully, he won’t get re-elected next year if he decides to run again. He appears to have serious personal issues that he needs to resolve.


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