BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A day after a board member and reporter were kicked out of a Brunswick County Social Services Board Meeting, county leaders are looking into what happened. One county commissioner went as far as to call it an embarrassment.
County commissioner and Social Services Board Chair Charles Warren kicked out board member Pat Sykes and a Brunswick Beacon reporter because he said they disrupted Tuesday’s meeting.
After some discussion Chief Deputy Charlie Miller told Warren he couldn’t remove Sykes unless he arrested her.
“Are you refusing to leave,” Warren asked Sykes.
“Yes, sir, I’m refusing to leave,” she replied.
Miller asked Warren, “You really want to do this?”
“Yes, sir,” Warren replied.
“And you’re able to go to court?” Miller asked?
“Yes, sir,” Warren said.
Today, Miller, who is also a Brunswick County School Board member, talked about what happened in the meeting.
“Yesterday was the first time in a 24-year career that I’ve ever been put in a situation to where I was asked to arrest a board member,” Miller said. “In my eyes I did not see a law that had been broken or violated, and I chose not to arrest.”
One day after the controversial DSS meeting, Sykes says she wants the other county commissioners to do something about Warren.
“I just hope the commissioners can get something done,” Sykes said. “Have him removed from the board. If they get him removed I think the board will move forward.”
Brunswick County Commission Chair Bill Sue told us by phone, “What’s been going on with that DSS Board is an embarrassment to the DSS. It’s an embarrassment to the DSS Board. It’s an embarrassment to the Brunswick County Commission. It’s an embarrassment to Brunswick County.”
We reached out to commissioner warren to hear what he had to say about the situation, but he did not want to talk on camera.
The next Brunswick County Social Services meeting is Tuesday afternoon. Sykes says she plans to be there.