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FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — There’s a new top cop in the Columbus County town of Fair Bluff, and he has a familiar name. Justin Hewett replaces Marty Lewis, who was fired after being arrested last month.

“We are going to do all that we can as the police department and myself as the new chief to do better and to make Fair Bluff a safer place,” Hewett said right after accepting the job.

After more than a month, the Fair Bluff has finally moved past the cloud created by the arrest of Lewis, who was charged with selling drugs on duty.

Mayor Randy Britt says he looks forward to the new direction the town is going in with Hewett.

“Police department security in your community is of vital importance,” Britt said. “I think reorganizing with Justin putting a new department together is going to be a very big positive for the town of Fair Bluff.”

Hewett is the son of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett. Ron was sent to federal prison after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and embezzlement charges in 2008.

“I learned a lot of my law enforcement experience from him,” Justin Hewett said of his father. “He did do things that he possibly should not have done. He did not do things that other sheriffs and administrators in North Carolina don’t do daily.”

Information that led to Ron Hewett’s removal from office in 2008 included county money being spent on Justin, including giving him a badge when he was too young to be a deputy. Even after Justin was hired as a police officer in Holden Beach, records showed $1,622.52 in taxpayer money spent to fuel a county vehicle his father assigned to him.

Both Justin and Britt say he is a different man than his father, and Justin’s record speaks for itself.

As well as serving in Holden Beach, Justin Hewett also assisted the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office in Fair Bluff after the removal of Lewis.

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27 Comments on "Ron Hewett’s son Justin named Fair Bluff Police Chief"

frustrated at fair bluff
2015 years 10 months ago

As I read all the media reports and comments from individuals I am appalled at the presumptuous thinking of people!!! My heart goes out to chief Hewett ans former chief Lewis. Justin is already being judged and Lewis is already guilty according to many of you! Give Justin a chance and give Marty one too. We don’t know the details surrounding either of their situations. I promise you former Chief Lewis could reveal a lot of details regarding fair Bluff
Former chief Lewis did not have full time officers for many days and plead for assistance from FB town council….now they are hiring more officers, getting new cars and paying them more money which all officers deserve!! Maybe the SBI needs to take a look at the town government…I thik you could get the answers to a lot of this town’s issues. Prayers for Chief Hewett and former Chief Lewis and the town council!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

I’m gonna sleep better tonight knowing that there isn’t as many sinners in this world as I had originally thought! Thank the Lord! What is it that Jesus says oh yeah “he who is without sin cast the first stone”……. everybody duck there’s gonna be alot of stone throwing in BC………………Congrats Justin!!

Ann Hales
2015 years 10 months ago

Justin will do a great job for Fair Bluff. CONGRATULATIONS Justin you have worked hard for this and I for one I.m PROUD of You.

2015 years 10 months ago

The real issue is he actually qualified for the job. What was his position in Holden Bch? Did he supervise anyone and for how long. Most people who know anythiong about being a chief at least have held the rank of Sgt or Lt. in another job. Has he ever done an employee evaluation on a subordinate? Also should be dressed in a suit for the new lofty position. A collared polo please!!!

Debra Torlay
2015 years 10 months ago

Welcome to Fair Bluff, Chief Hewett! You are a welcome addition to our town!


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