Brunswick county attorney accused of going overboard

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Earlier this month, Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren sent a letter to comission chairman Bill Sue. In it, he accused county attorney Huey Marshall of overstepping his authority as the Department of Social Services board dealt with former director Jamie Orrock.

Warren says Marshall personally gave former director Orrock copies of sexual harassment grievances filed against him.

“I am very disappointed in the county attorney’s behavior, and by addressing this issue, I felt like the best way to address this issue was to contact Bill Sue,” Warren says.

Marshall disagrees. He says the actions Warren outlines in a letter to the county commission chair were justified.

“Mr. Orrock has been terminated, and I would argue that termination is an official termination decision, and therefore he would be entitled to see those grievences,” says Warren.

Marshall also says he believed Orrock had a right to see the complaints against him because no one had shown them to the former director.

In the letter to chairman Sue, Warren also wrote that Marshall requested minutes from one of the DSS board’s closed sessions.

Marshall says there was definitely a misunderstanding.

“I did not ask for the minutes from DSS,” says Marshall. “I just asked had those minutes been provided, because I did not want to embarass the department.”

Warren says Marshalls actions were wrong. Both matters, he says, should have been handled by social services attorney Gary Shipman.

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