Ex-Hope Mills employee charged with privacy violations
Posted December 22, 2011
Hope Mills, N.C. — 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.