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Franklin commissioners vote against special sheriff election

Posted February 21, 2011

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— Franklin County commissioners voted 4-3 against holding a special election for sheriff after Pat Green resigned abruptly in January, a day before WRAL News learned of a state investigation into missing funds at the sheriff's office.

Democrats have the majority on the commission, and board members voted along party lines.

Commissioner Don Lancaster was in favor of a special election.

"I think the right thing to do is... let the voters decide who the new sheriff will be in Franklin County," he said.

But Democrats maintained that state law requires a sheriff to be appointed under these circumstances.

Franklin County resident Ray Alexander urged commissioners to appoint a replacement, despite their previous statements that they'll hold off on an appointment until the investigation is complete.

"There's precedent for you to appoint a sheriff," Alexander said. "You can do that. We've given you that authority. We have trusted you do that."

On Sunday, county officials called an emergency meeting to discuss new developments in the ongoing State Bureau of Investigation probe.

Green cited health and personal matters in his resignation, but WRAL News discovered that a routine audit of the sheriff's office uncovered missing money. An attorney for the sheriff's office said earlier this month that the money was from a county fund earmarked for undercover police work. 

Chief Deputy Elliott Pinnell is currently overseeing operations at the sheriff's office on an interim basis.

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  • independentvoter3 Feb 22, 2011

    Bottom line.. the money is gone and who is going to pay for it. gagal

    Not even close. The money has been stolen, so now it's time to throw the responsible parties in jail for a long, long time. Time to bring in the FBI!!!

  • TheDude abides... Feb 22, 2011

    This is what happens when EVERYONE know EVERYONE ELSE on a PERSONAL level!!!

    I mean, most of these people have known each other since they were children. Commissioners, Sheriffs, Managers, Attorneys.

    All related. If not by kin, then by CLOSE family ties. I mean, you just CANT separate the two.

  • gagal Feb 22, 2011

    Bottom line.. the money is gone and who is going to pay for it. the citizens of Franklin County. Not matter who the next Sheriff will be. They questions will alway's be there. Not matter if he is a good guy or not. We will all wonder what is going on behind the closed doors or under the table. It's bad when you can't even trust the one's that are here to protect you.

  • TheDude abides... Feb 22, 2011

    We will NOT forget...

  • ElvisPresleyJr Feb 22, 2011

    Yellow..you referring to the same group that did all the bickering back and forth during the Betsey Johnson/Wake Med nightmare issues concerning the new hospital?

  • JusticewillbeServed Feb 22, 2011

    No No, not Sheriff Rollins, he is one of the Goodguys! He is like the Marines, one of the few, proud and honest in Harnett County and North Carolina!

    Just follow the money and you will see that it all leads to a small group receiving favorable treatment and profits at the expense of the Citizens.

  • Sherlock Feb 22, 2011

    This is the chance for the commiss. to get someone in office they want and can control, not the people that is why they want to wait.

  • ElvisPresleyJr Feb 22, 2011

    Yellow are you suggesting that there is corruption within Sheriff Rollin's department in Harnett County?

  • JusticewillbeServed Feb 22, 2011

    Just travel about 60 miles south to Harnett County and this story will sound like the Sheriff got caught shop-lifting a candy bar.

    I love to hear the Citizens scream about Omaha-Care and Washington and then say what can you do?

    Here is what you can do, start in you own backyard and demand the waste and corruption to stop at the local level.

    Believe there is plenty to complain about at the local level (at least in Harnett County) and it is not thousands but millions.

    Wake up Wake up and demand honesty, open-goverment and stop the rape of tax payers that has and will continue until Citizens vote out the crooks in office. Rep or Dem. demand honestly!

  • daisydolittle Feb 22, 2011

    I just hope the commissioners don't keep the corruption when they appoint someone.

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