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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Boiling Spring Lakes has suspended its police chief as it launches an investigation of allegations against him.

City Manager Jeff Repp says Chief Emmett Ballree was suspended with pay this morning. Repp says the city is investigating an allegation Ballree abused his power as chief.

Repp says Lt. Rick Spencer is serving as interim chief during Ballree’s suspension. Repp says he hopes to wrap up the investigation “fairly shortly.”

The SBI launched an investigation into Ballree earlier this year at the request of a judge and the District Attorney. A SBI spokeswoman says the investigation is in its final stages. Last month DA Jon David would only say the he received a complaint of Ballree committing an alleged criminal act. Repp said the allegation he is investigating is separate from the SBI case.

Ballree has been investigated before. In 2008, a Training and Standards committee cleared Ballree after he was accused of misusing a town credit card to buy fuel for his personal car when he was police chief in Mount Olive.

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13 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: Boiling Spring Lakes police chief suspended"

wants a job
2015 years 10 months ago

Man, forget all this other stuff, I want a job with the city. Where else can you report to work, screw up and then get sent home WITH PAY!!! Wow, sit at home watching TV, playing on the computer and napping, And, GETTING PAID AT THE EXACT SAME TIME!!! That is for me! I don’t really have any qualifications but since I am going to get paid to sit my butt at home I can tell you I am plenty qualified to do that. How do I sign up??? I’ll even drive my own vehicle to the store and stuff instead of asking for and using a city car. See, I am already a better deal than what you have. Can start right a way!!!!!

Guest what's next?
2015 years 10 months ago

Wow! Sounds like you are truly qualified! Someone will be down to see you while you’re on the couch to sign you up! So what’s going on with Emmett? Nothing new? Wondering where he stands now. Will we get him back?

2015 years 10 months ago

OK, everyone in BSL that is alive and not deaf/dumb and blind knows the chief has been ripping the city off since the day he got here. Yes, he is being somewhat rewarded right now as he is suspended, WITH PAY! But, he would be getting paid if he was reporting to work and he would be running the wheels off the city vehicle for private and family use. So, we are at least saving the gas money he would be spending if at work! It is terrible that our leaders and city manager would bring such a person to our city in the first place! On a more positive note it was not the present administration or city manager that did this to us and it seems today’s leaders have had enough and are going to take the action to correct a very, very bad decision by those no longer in power. (Thank God!)So the egg from Ballree’s tenure here is not on the face of our new city manager. But wait, there are more dark clouds just around the corner. Warning city hall, you will soon be wearing egg via Spencer. Bad choice!

2015 years 10 months ago

I would love to know what kind of dirt you all are talking about?? I think that it should be brought out before anything else happens to BSL Police Department.

2015 years 10 months ago

Seems like Ballree was a huge mistake and I’m certain Spencer is an even bigger one. The truth will come out in time. The leaders of this city have made no good decisions for the police department recently or the citizens for that matter.

2015 years 10 months ago

OMG sooooo typical of BSL. I know a bunch of people don’t like our mayor, but I can tell you one thing, he was AGAINST the hiring of Ballree from the start! BTW he was suspended WITH PAY??? And if he was suspended on the 27th then why the heck did I pass him yesterday afternoon driving his CITY OWNED Explorer using out TAX PAYER GAS???? You’re not on the job, so DRIVE YOUR PERSONAL VEHICLE & stop your Doller General shopping sprees on MY TAX DOLLAR.

2015 years 10 months ago

I would sure like to know what this so called dirt is that Spencer has on him. I sure have not found anything…

2015 years 10 months ago

I agree. It has been said that Spencer has some mighty big secrets himself. I don’t think it will be long before Ballree gets fired, something funny happens with Spencer, and then they have to find yet another replacement. The city manager is an idiot and should be thinking about the long term well being of the police department and the citizens. They should really be looking for someone who doesn’t have dirt on them to cause the whole ordeal again. We have some fine policemen in this city and I’m sure they are hating their jobs right about now with this mess.

2015 years 10 months ago

you need to be checking out lt. spencer along with the chief !!!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

You will respect my authoritah!!!

Guest watch out
2015 years 10 months ago

Now if we could have an honest mayor, the city would be in fine shape! But until that happens, the rest of our police force better watch their step! Don’t do anything to tick the mayor off or you will be next! And speaking of that…wonder why the mayor lost his job with the DA…….??????? Huh!!! All I can really say about Ballree is: KARMA has no boundaries! Right Emmett?

Guess What?
2015 years 10 months ago

These police Chiefs around here are dropping like flies every time you turn around. Seems to be more of them then flies at a bar b que!!

2015 years 10 months ago

Here he is again! Better believe he is running out of stories and time this time. Tic-toc, tic-toc.


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