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SBI to investigate Smithfield employee pay

Posted July 14, 2011 12:19 p.m. EDT
Updated July 14, 2011 3:42 p.m. EDT

— Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle on Thursday asked the State Bureau of Investigation to determine whether any Smithfield employees committed fraud in accepting unapproved raises.

The Smithfield Town Council fired Town Manager Eric Williams in May after learning he handed out raises to four department heads, despite the council's decision to withhold raises because of a tight budget.

An investigation by the North Carolina League of Municipalities also determined that some employees were allowed to cash in unused vacation and sick leave.

Town Clerk Debbie Godwin and payroll clerk Lynn Powell quit their jobs after Williams' firing.