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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired for violating department policy.

A Disciplinary Action Charge Sheet shows Dep. Adam Noland was let go Wednesday for violating the Sheriff’s Office’s “Standard of Conduct.” According to the sheet, whatever led to Noland’s dismissal happened between December and July.

According to the report, the policy violated says, “Members will conduct themselves at all times, both on and off duty, in such a manner as to reflect most favorably on the Sheriff’s Office. Conduct unbecoming a member will include that which brings the Sheriff’s Office into disrepute or reflects discredit upon the member, or that which impairs the operation of efficiency of the Sheriff’s Office or member.”

The Sheriff’s Office will not comment on what exactly led to Noland’s dismissal citing personnel rules.

Noland had been with the Sheriff’s Office since March 2004. He was in the SAFE Unit of the Patrol Division.

Noland has the right to appeal his termination.

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PublicAvenger (want-to-be)
2015 years 8 months ago

Soldier, you need to improve your attitude. Now, drop and give me 25. The WPD and NHCSD are loaded with veterans. Many are outstanding, and do a great job. Something tells me there’s another side to your story

2015 years 8 months ago

…for every bit of your service. Maybe you should choose the French Foreign Legion. Any government entity in the US is a farce.

2015 years 8 months ago

Thank you for your service. It’s crazy that military men with less than stellar service were hired for such positions of authority. I read from another poster that you got a job in Texas. I am glad that someone appreciates your service and may God bless you in your job and in all that you do.

2015 years 8 months ago

Seems to me, each Department made a “GREAT” choice by not hiring you. You’re an angry moron. Glad they didn’t let you slip through. Great job Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County!!!! The last thing we need is a retarded Marine serving in a leadership position!!!!Say’s who!? Say’s Kblue!!!

2nd Recon
2015 years 8 months ago

I have a completely clean record. I have served in the military I have served 2 tours in Iraq plus 3 in Afghanistan, been deployed to Haiti, and the Ivory Coast. I also have more certifications for anything you can do in civilian law enforcement. 16 years as a Marine and being married to the same lady, and also 3 kids with her. I was turned down by Wilmington Police Dept, and New Hanover Sheriffs Office over the past 16 months. They both said more qualified applicants were chosen. The funny thing about that was one agency hired a former Marine I had to sit in on his court martial 2 years earlier. He got booted from us, but you picked him up! The other agency is just as confused in their hiring, I was dealing with a former service member that was interviewing me for the position I applied for. Only to find out this person was discharged for other than honorable conditions. But I had to Yes Sir this Clown!

Thank God I didn’t get hired locally, I wouldn’t last with the idiotic promotional process that takes place here! No real surprise you guys are considered the most corrupt area in the SE for law enforcement!

God Bless you guys that do your jobs the right way! May God forgive but bring justice on the Tyrants and Fools who don’t .

2015 years 8 months ago

Thank you for your service, you sound like an outstanding man and it is a loss to both Wilmington and New Hanover. By chance was the former Marine whose court martial you sat in on black? And was it Wilmington that hired him?

I think I know whom you speak of for the other than honorable discharge.

2015 years 8 months ago

Pardon me if I offend, but I retired from law enforcement after 21 years, from the mid-west. I can only say that the level of law enforcement in this area is either unbelievably corrupt in the field, or the good old boy system is running the show, and they kick you out of the club if they don’t like you. I saw maybe 15 firings in my 21 years, they ranged from murder of a correctional officer by a city police officer to child molest. But in my 9 months here I have seen at least twice as many firings, and or rank reductions as I saw in 21 years. Can someone explain it to me? I will add that I mean absolutely no disrespect to the countless officers that go out every day and do the job correctly, and professionally. I have encountered nothing but professionalism when dealing with the law enforcement officers I have talked to in the area. I am simply curious as to the root of the problem. I know how it feels to work with people that don’t want to work, or want to live on the edge of the line, so I feel for those that do the right thing when it would be so easy not to.

2015 years 8 months ago

Troy –

I too have spent 20+ years as an LEO, all in the SE US. During that time I have had assignments that brought me into regular contact with cops from other parts of the country & Canada, as my assignments ranged from local, State, & Federal agencies. Part of this my service has been in this part of NC. You state “law enforcement in this area is either unbelievably corrupt in the field, or the good old boy system is running the show”. From 1st hand experience, I submit that the “good old boys” club system runs things and that has led to “unbelievably corrupt in the field” on more than one occasion. Please re-read that & look at the firings as a percentage of total sworn deputies. It is the situation here & I have seen it in other places. The “brotherhood” of LE is non-existant here in an atmosphere of lock-step with the “program” – your relationship with your fellow LEO is as tenuous as your career hangs under the Boy’s Club chopping block. Obviously, this system maintains sub-par, or even immoral, officers while it rids itself of professionals who have accomplished more, in many instances, than the Dept Staff ever hope to accomplish in their lifetime (which provides much of the impetus of the Dept to rid itself of Experienced LEO’s). I invite NHCSO employees to express your views here also. However, I will warn you that an attempt may be made to ID you & your IP by the Dept. Really :)

2015 years 8 months ago

Its both. The good ole boys club still runs the area agencies. The issue is that the ones that are not in the good ole boys club now have out lets to use, there go the actions being taken. The whole point of view, you don’t like/ can not handle the field? Let me promote you so you can work at a desk. Has come back to bite them on butt.

Huber hanes
2015 years 8 months ago

A Deputy Sheriff in the State of North Carolina — for the most part — is a: “Political Appointment” . A Deputy Sheriff serves the pleasure of the High Sheriff. Therefore — a Sheriff can ‘terminate’ employment of a Deputy with out A Cause or A Reason. As is why Civil Service or Employment Charters will never appear in North Carolina — now or anytime soon because of this law. Other States — ie: Florida have a Civil Service for Sheriff Deputie’s. Imagine for a second — the waste of Tax Payers Dollars Spent on this Deputy to hire, train, educate, equip.over the years ,ect.– . A Sheriff Civil Service could halt this policy in its tracks but no Sheriff in N.C. would ever endorse it..

Native Wilmingtonian
2015 years 8 months ago

Welcome to a place where a deputy “serves at the pleasure of the Sheriff”. Any given day they can be handed their walking papers. As for the Police Departments. They push standard operating proceedures SOPs that are written by people that will never have to abide by them. The lawyers must be pleased. When the SOP becomes ignored in order to ger the job done, it gets enforced when it is to the staffs advantage to do so.

2015 years 8 months ago

Troy, you hit the problem right on the head. Here it is the Good old boy system. I worked at the SO under three Sheriffs and I saw good officers screwed by the Sheriff. If it was election time and you would not openly support the Sheriff you were for the other guy and if you were lucky you only lost your rank.

NC will not allow unions and so you have no protection when it comes to your job. If you don’t believe in the Good Old Boys system look at the last couple of Sheriffs that were elected. The Sheriff in office retires early and the Chief Deputy is appointed Sheriff. That is a guarantee you will be elected Sheriff.

2015 years 8 months ago

While you look down your nose, think about this: It could be that the local law enforcement officials here tolerate unbecoming conduct or corruption less than in the Midwest. If they weren’t trying to make things right in their agency, there would be no news for the muckrakers until the feces hit the fan and the whole agency ends up with a tarnished reputation.
The Sheriffs here are in the old catch 22 situation. Don’t do anything about the situation and you get criticized (and rightfully so). Do something to correct the situation and you still get criticized.

2015 years 8 months ago

these guys are dropping like flies.

2015 years 8 months ago

North Carolina is an at-will state, therefore all employees serve at the pleasure of their employers.

2015 years 8 months ago

Well that explains it, thanks. By the way I don’t look down my nose at anyone I couldn’t have kept the clean record I did for 21 years if I did. By the way our sheriff’s department was very professional, and did not tolerate this kind of crap. We did not serve at the pleasure of the sheriff, we served Vanderburgh County. The fact is we didn’t have people trying to get on to make under the table money or go on power trips. Our deputies start out at around 47,000 a year, don’t know what you guys make.

2015 years 8 months ago

Just mention a sheriff’s name to his deputy, anywhere in NC. The deputy will immediately start showing you all his teeth. Then he will start wagging his tail, and telling you, “I’m so lucky, my sheriff is the greatest sheriff in NC.

We need civil service protection for ALL law enforcement officers.

LEO. 21yrs
2015 years 8 months ago

Public Avenger,

I know who this guy is. His military service was outstanding, his personal life outstanding.
The only issue he had was he wasn’t from here, and was a white male. He ended up getting
Hired by the “Texas Rangers” not the baseball team! He still has friends here. I remained one
of his friends when I met him during the hiring process! He was here on vacation with his family
And was shower several articles from our embarrassing offices. He is a great guy, very intelligent
And stands 6-3 and weighs around 235! So he doesn’t fit the mold for what we look for. Our loss was
Texas gain!

2015 years 8 months ago

yeah know what you mean about the mold around here, been seeing a couple new hires riding around that must have been poured into those little dodges, would look a little more suitable in Humvees, must be why when a citizen get’s stopped there are at least 4 to 6 more cars involved, this state needs some serious help with it’s

Man of steel
2015 years 8 months ago

Wow ! Says who K Blue?

Please tell me whoever put you on blast was wrong!
If not please Don’t give a scathing remark about True Law Enforcement Again!
But I am sure your agency has some good officers, but lets be real. The Texas Rangers
You Are NOT!!! I mean not even close!!

Please keep your words Soft and Sweet, Just in case you have to Eat Them!
If that posting was really you. The physical standards testing for the Rangers would’ve washed you OUT!

2015 years 8 months ago

K Blue are you serious? You must have 0 real experience as a law enforcement officer, or military experience.
They hired guys nobody else wanted! The hiring process for the Rangers is way more intense than anything we have! I bet out of both depts here maybe a total of 6 would make it!

Last year for 12 spots the Texas Rangers had 12778 apply, 7476 made it through the initial background check, 2435 were selected for aptitude testing then down to 813 sent for psych test 206 after that. Then down to final physical strength and conditions 103. Final interview by governors board down to 58. Out of that 12 hired 46 put on stand by.

Yep he was such a moron! WPD and New Hanover combined haven’t had that many apps in 8years combined!
He was a idiot for even applying at these holes!

2015 years 8 months ago

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