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Cumberland sheriff reassigns captain after investigation

A member of the command staff of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office was reassigned after an administrative investigation, spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said Wednesday.

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Joseph Bert Cashwell, with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A member of the command staff of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office was reassigned after an administrative investigation, spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said Wednesday.

Sheriff Earl R. Butler made the decision to reassign former Capt. Joseph Bert Cashwell, 48, Tanna said. The reasons for the internal investigation have not been disclosed.

Cashwell, 48, was removed from a supervisory position in the operations division last Saturday. He was reassigned as a deputy at the Cumberland County Detention Center.

Tanna said the move cut Cashwell's salary from $70,943 to $42,996.

Cashwell was hired in 1991 as a part-time bailiff at the detention center. He was hired by the sheriff's office in June 2001 and was promoted to captain of the operations division in June 2007.

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