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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.

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13 Comments on "Brunswick commissioners looking at options after DSS blow-up"

2015 years 9 months ago

Stupidity has no color!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Had Enough
2015 years 9 months ago

How sad to see Charles Warren and Bernest Hewett make such a mockery of the Open Meetings Law. Over the past three years, Mr. Warren has shown an inability to accept any opinion that differs from his in any way. Then when he can’t articulate a better position then those he disagrees with, he consistently misquotes laws and policies to forge ahead (often illegally).

His ineptness cost the citizens of Brunswick County hundreds of thousands of dollars in his mishandling and illegal firing of the previous DSS Director. Now he is over stepping his authority during open meetings once again acting like a dictator. It is the Chairman’s job to lead board work allowing input from all members in the hopes of making the best decisions for the agency and those they serve. Instead, he continues to bully and threaten anyone who dares disagree with him. If he is allowed to continue unchecked, it is only a matter of time until the Board Members he is mistreating sue the county for his failure to follow Open Meetings Law or his infringement on their First Amendment Rights.

County Commissioners own a lot of responsibility for this mess as they have let him run rampant for three years. Are they going to drag their feet until hundreds of thousands more tax dollars are lost or will they finally stand up and rein him in?

Pat please
2015 years 9 months ago

Please leave pat, just leave and mind your own business, the millers can only protect you so much

2015 years 9 months ago

If you dont like things then just bully people until you get your way. In reality the Cheif Deputy did the right thing because Charlie Warren was actively seeking to violate the open meetings law. On top to treat a fellow DSS board member in that way is beyond reprehensible and unacceptable. He maybe the chair but he isnt the all mighty DSS dictator. The County Board of Supervisors is going to have to force action against Warren, they sadly probably cant force him outta the County Board but this issue has been going on awhile and I do hope the voters of Brunswick County take this into consideration when elections come around again

2015 years 9 months ago

Pat Sykes and David Grime are no better than Charles Warren. They have employed underhand tactics to get enough votes to fire the director for no reason other than to spite Charles Warren. They are just as responsible for this mess as anyone else. Get rid of ALL of them. None are honorable enough to serve Brunswick County.

BC Citizen
2015 years 9 months ago

is a disgrace to Brunswick County. His own race has expressed their digust with him. To say the least, he is a freaking idiot…one word…RESIGN ASAP Warren!

2015 years 9 months ago

One would think that most of the leadership at the County Complex is an embarrassment. Since Commissioner Bill Sue quotes the Bible often, there is verse in the Bible that states, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”.

2015 years 9 months ago

The DSS board has become a huge embarrassment to the Department of Social Services, the county, it’s employees, and the residents that utilize it’s services. I have a difficult time understanding why the commissioners have allowed this three ring circus to continue. The meetings have become an ego driven, power struggle, and have moved from productive into beyond counterproductive. The DSS board members seem to be, for the most part, unable to place principles before personalities. Perhaps its time that we as citizen’s, employee’s, and customers take this matter up with a higher authority since the commissioners seem unable or unwilling to do anything to change it.

2015 years 9 months ago

Citizens of Brunswick. When are you going to have taken enough of this incompetence by Charles Warren and Bernest Hewett? They clearly are operating together behind the scenes to force out good board members who are asking questions. What are they hiding? Are they diverting services to their friends? They are so fiercly holding onto control of this board against the code of ethics of BCC that Warren himself voted for, that it must be because they are hiding something big. Get involved and take back control of your tax dollars. Warren thinks he’s a dictator kind of like Obama. The mentality of entitlement on display. Ask the commissioners to remove Warren. They are as guilty as Warren for letting this situation get this far out of hand.

2015 years 9 months ago

Wow…the two black members of the board must be diverting services to their black friends, feel that black people are entitled, and are dictators like our black president. The three white members of the board are totally in the right. Think you could be a little more racist? I’m white and find that incredibly offensive.

2015 years 9 months ago

Why does everything have to end up about race /color dag people this is 2011.I think the whole bunch I dont care what color they are should be replaced,let the people of Brunswick County have the say so since it is our tax dollars everyone is fighting about.

2015 years 9 months ago

Too bad the facts stand in the way of clear thinking. Too bad that Warren and Hewett constantly play the race card to get their way and threaten the other commissioners with lawsuits at every meeting. I’m offended by them for playing the race card at every turn. They are incompetent and so is Obama. Then they are black. That’s not my fault. I’m offended by them and people like you who use the “offended” card. If you are offended– tough. If you are offended it’s your choice. I’ll look at the facts and the facts are these two are buffoons and they are the rascists for playing the race card to get their way. I am not and will not accept the charge of rascism. I deny and refute that charge and I bet you money you aren’t white anyway.

2015 years 9 months ago

My point is color doesn’t matter. The three white members of the board are acting just as stupidly as the two black members. And if you have evidence of them arranging illegal benefits for their friends show it. The three that you are claiming are trying to speak the truth…not happening. They’re not interested in the citizens of Brunswick County any more than Charles Warren is. It’s for control of the board. If it’s not ok for Warren and Hewett to play the race card, then it’s not alright for Sykes and Grimes to play the “look at us, we’re here for the citizens” card. They’re all playing childish games and every one of them is incompetent. And I’m pretty sure I’m white and I’m 100% sure you’re an idiot.


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