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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon has suspended two of his lieutenants and demoted them after internal affairs investigations.

Sean Jones and Larry Robinson have both been demoted to deputy and suspended for 40 hours, according to NHSO spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer.

Brewer says an internal affairs investigation of a single incident found Robinson, who worked in detention, guilty of conduct unbecoming.

Brewer says IA found Jones, who was assistant division commander for Community Support Services, had violated policies for conduct unbecoming and truthfulness. That result came based on new evidence recently uncovered after an investigation started in April turned up nothing, Brewer said.

The Sheriff’s Office will not say what either man did, because it’s a personnel matter.

Robinson has been with the Sheriff’s Office since May 1994. Jones started in July 1992.

Both men’s salary will also be reduced along with their rank. Jones’s hourly pay will go from $32.98 to $28.71, while Robinson will see a drop from $29.39 an hour to $26.66.


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  • WannebeX

    Well it looks like Ed McMahon is getting some of what he deserves from all of the covering up of the sins in his Dept. He has claimed to be a Christian man in church’s and public… Far from it.. The residents of NH Co. Hopefully will wise up come November and put him out of office.. We need new leadership from the top down…every one from the Sheriff and all of his Good Ole Boys n Girls need to be replaced.. Went to court house today,, newly demoted Dep. Robinson doing a cake job(sweet) doing much of nothing,,,wow…why wasn’t he sent back in the jail like most who are demoted…and Newly demoted Mr. Shaun Jones couldn’t take it,,so they let him resign,,and the Sheriff will help him find a new job out of town..that’s unbelievable he willing to go that far for some and not others….What does he have on this Sheriff ???? There are way to many good ex-employees who lost there jobs through no fault of their own ,,but these guys still get away with it… But this is just the beginning of what’s to come….Saw Jason Vaughn today and told him he’s got my vote in Nov…

  • Fed up

    WWAY, why don’t you contact the sheriff and ask Mr. transparent why he has not mentioned another Lt. being demoted this week for the same thing with the same deputy? By the way the Sheriff was backed into a corner and had to take action. One employee’s husband was raising sand so he had to act on one of them. Another stink was raised because he had been hiding Jone’s indiscretion for many months and would not take action. He took action on one, so then he was forced to act in Jones’ case. Now a third one has been demoted. It involves the same deputy who was involved with the Jones incident. By the way, she got promoted. McMahon has repeatedly failed to take action in incidents with Jones. This time, thank goodness, he was forced to. Is the the Christian man you want as your sheriff?

  • MG

    Law enforcement officers SHOULD be held to a higher standard. They are supposed to be a good example to those in the community.

    Obviously, these two men violated that confidence and should be DISMISSED, period.

    Junk like this that takes place in the public sector would never be tolerated in most private sector operations. The Sheriff is using TAXPAYER money to pay men that should no longer be on the public payroll.

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