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Commissioners: No new sheriff until SBI probe is complete

Posted January 31, 2011

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— The Franklin County Board of Commissioners met Monday night and decided not to appoint a new sheriff until a state investigation into missing money at the sheriff's office is complete.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Green resigned Sunday, one day before the State Bureau of Investigation announced the criminal probe.

Sidney Dunston, chair of the Board of Commissioners, said that Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell will serve as acting sheriff on an interim basis.

"We have full confidence in our sheriff's department, in the deputies, (in) the chief investigator taking over operations, and the people of Franklin County can rest assured they are just as safe tonight as they were last night or last week," Dunston said.

It wasn't clear how long the SBI investigation would last.

The Franklin County Republican Party asked commissioners to authorize a special election for sheriff instead of an appointment.

"We want it to be made in the best interest of the citizens of the county, not just as a political maneuver," said party chairman Jeremy Neal.

Dunston said that a special election would require a change in rules at the state level.

Franklin County sheriff Commissioners won't appoint new sheriff until criminal probe ends

Sam Currin, the county's district attorney, asked for the SBI investigation, said Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Justice. Agents from elsewhere in the state might need to be brought in to handle the investigation because Green had a close relationship with area SBI agents, officials said.

No details of the investigation, such as how much money was missing and how long it had been gone, were immediately available.

"The first time I heard about the money was this weekend. That was the first that any kind of money had been discussed," said Boyd Sturges, a lawyer for the sheriff's office.

Currin said the missing money was revealed during a routine audit, which has been going on for weeks.


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  • unreconstructed1 Feb 1, 2011

    The fired captain from the butner pd that helped hide the patrolman is also a franklin county deputy.

  • crazywhiteboy496 Feb 1, 2011

    Good ol boys really

  • daisydolittle Feb 1, 2011


  • havealife Feb 1, 2011

    while all of our opinions are duly noted, it is a shame that decisions are made according to a political party affiliation. we were human and able to make sound decisions long before we registered to vote or held an office. why can't we as Americans stand for moral right instead of our political choices? it is politics that got us into this mess whether local, state or country wide in the first place. if options are weighed and considered on the basis of right, wrong, or what can and will benefit all, then changes can be made to help all and not some. it has always been who in office can get the most votes, what party they belong to, or how much more can we milk from the less fortunate than ourselves. i agree with bubbaduke and it is surely seen in these comments the sheriff was convicted before being investigated. you only read what is written and don't know what goes on behind closed doors. republicans and democrates alike have made decisions that we may never hear about.

  • Tarheel born Feb 1, 2011

    "Well, looks like the "Good Ole boys" days may be coming to an end in NC. I'm sorry, but story after story of corrupt, law breaking LEO's is gettig old. When will the public say enough is enough and call for more oversight? This has got to end. NC has made the national news with the SBI debacle, and now we have questionable county sherriffs, drunk SHP, a police captain that kills an innocent driver, a SHP kills a grandmaother and two of her grand kids chasing an "alleged" speeder, cover-ups and blatant disregard for the law by LEO's. This is not a bashing, it is a call for accountability"

    It appears at this stage of the game, there is a GREAT amount of accountability. As the for the police Captain you referred to, you obviously didn't read the story or know the facts. He was off duty in his personal car. It was an ACCIDENT and it was unfortunate. THERE WAS NO MISBEHAVIOR OR CRIMINAL INTENT in his capacity as a police officer.

    If you don't know what you're talking about it would be b

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Feb 1, 2011

    Wait and see where the investigation goes before we condemn the sheriff. It could be that he's assuming responsibility for something that happened on his watch and not personally guilty of taking or spending the money.

  • Tarheel born Feb 1, 2011

    "There needs to be someone appointed from the outside. Surely the commissioners are not going to let someone that worked right under Pat Green be in charge. That is really sad"

    Outside of what? You want someone who doesn't know anything about the FCSO, the members of the Dept, the people of Franklin or their needs. Perhaps YOU are qualified then.

  • tjhiggs68 Feb 1, 2011

    It would be very wise to clean house before appointing anyone this position. Seems there has been mismanagement in every department, and that is not a good look for a law enforcement office. Political parties need to revamp and fly straight! What type of message is this sending to law abiding upright citizens?

  • Iworkforaliving Feb 1, 2011

    Figures, about the only democrat I vote for, and he gets investigated.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Feb 1, 2011

    "He is a democrat."

    Of course he is. If he was a Republican, the propaganda arm of the DNC, aka WRAL, would had the word "Republican" or "Conservative" in the head line.