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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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  • Guest what’s next?

    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?

  • wants a job

    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-disgusted

    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!

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