BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The last time there was a DSS Board meeting in Brunswick County, Chairman Charles Warren tried to have fellow board member Pat Sykes arrested. The fallout from that December meeting has been extensive. It’s led all the way to county commissioners attempting to remove Warren from that board and, in turn, Warren fighting them this week in court.
Today was the first DSS meeting since that initial dispute.
At Tuesday’s meeting, tensions were once again high as Warren and Sykes revisited their December mix-up.
“You’re basically just saying he escorted me out,” Sykes said during the meeting. “That’s not what truly happened, and so I was ordered to leave twice out of the meeting. I want the minutes to reflect the actions of what happened to me.”
Warren says despite the controversy he has no hard feelings for Sykes.
“I have no feelings against Mrs. Sykes,” Warren said. “I’m here to take care of the business of the DSS.”
Sykes and Warren were at odds a few times during Tuesday’s meeting. The second time over an issue surrounding the board hiring a new attorney.
“He’s representing you in court right now,” Sykes said to Warren about attorney Gary Shipman, “and I don’t think your court stuff’s finished, so I can’t see bringing him in here when there’s another issue.”
Shipman is currently involved in Warren’s injunction against the Brunswick County Commission. Sykes told WWAY Monday she hopes desperately commissioners remove Warren from the DSS Board. A superior court judge is supposed to rule tomorrow whether commissioners can hold a hearing on whether to remove Warren from the board.