Chief jailer resigns; interim captain to resume full-time duties

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—After 22 years with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Kevin Holden has resigned.

Sheriff John Ingram said Holden resigned on Monday from his post as captain over the detention division. Capt. Phil Perry has been named interim jail administrator and will resume full-time duties as jail administrator next Monday.

Holden was hired in July 1986. In 2000, he was promoted to captain of detention. Until his resignation Oct. 27, Holden was making an annual salary of $70,933.

Ingram declined to comment on the nature of Holden’s resignation, citing personnel laws, but acknowledged an investigation into an officer’s conduct at the sheriff’s office.

“There was a separate, internal investigation about inappropriate behavior of one our officers,” Ingram said.

Whenever there are allegations of inappropriate conduct or policy violations by and officer, the sheriff’s office conducts an independent investigation, Ingram said.

“If it’s deemed our officer violated policy or conduct, we then, in turn, take action,” he said. “We had two separate incidents.”

On Oct. 4, an inmate at the detention center was hospitalized after falling in a detention center cell.

Chief deputy Charlie Miller said Shane Johnson was arrested for being drunk and disruptive on the evening of Oct. 4. After a deputy brought Johnson to the magistrate’s area in the detention center, Johnson assaulted a deputy, Miller said.

The deputy then put Johnson into a hold and brought him into a holding cell around 11 p.m., but Johnson was inebriated and fell into the cell, hitting his head.

EMS was immediately called, and Johnson was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

A hospital spokesperson said she had no information about a patient with Johnson’s name.

“We immediately called the SBI,” Miller said.

The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation’s preliminary report stated no procedures were violated, Miller said. District attorney Rex Gore said he reviewed the SBI’s preliminary report and was still awaiting their final written report.

“It certainly didn’t appear there was any excessive force used,” Gore said.

Gore said he does not anticipate filing any charges against the detention officer.

“We are not of the mindset we are above the law,” Ingram said, “because we are not.”