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Ex-Hope Mills employee charged with privacy violations

Posted December 22, 2011

— A former administrative assistant for the Hope Mills Police Department has been charged with divulging details of personnel records, authorities said Thursday.

Melissa Smith was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor privacy violations as part of an investigation into recorded conversations between Hope Mills employees. Authorities allege that Smith leaked details of the conversations to former Mayor Eddie Dees.

"This charge stems from allegations that Ms. Smith improperly disclosed personnel information in her capacity as an employee of the town of Hope Mills," New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David said in a statement.

David's office was called in to handle the investigation. He said the case remains under investigation, and more charges are possible.

The Hope Mills Town Board has called a special meeting at 11 a.m. Friday to discuss the investigation.


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  • Viewer Dec 23, 2011

    A FORMER mayor would not have access to the privacy act information.

  • smalldogsrule Dec 23, 2011

    Just as a matter or curiosity, would not the MAYOR have the authority to know what is in a TOWN EMPLOYEE's personnel record??????

  • not my real name Dec 22, 2011

    So...what's the big secret? Regular old gossip doesn't get this kind of attention.....

  • Bartmeister Dec 22, 2011

    OK, so who wants to know those details???

  • dollibug Dec 22, 2011

    CORRUPTION AND COVERUP is EVERYWHERE.....and especially with people who are SUPPOSED to uphold the laws....again....it is interesting how some of these people think that the LAWS do NOT APPLY TO THEM....just like the good old boys and girls network....