Sheriff's office changes

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—Acting Sheriff Greg White has been busy since being named acting sheriff two weeks ago.

White, the county coroner, assumed all duties of sheriff when Ronald Hewett was suspended March 27 following district attorney Rex Gore’s petition to remove Hewett from office.

A May 5 hearing is slated to determine whether Hewett will be permanently removed.

The 33-page petition to remove Hewett from office includes allegations of Hewett being drunk at crime scenes, including a homicide and an officer-related shooting; sexual harassment and racial harassment against employees; political coercion; and extortion.

White is splitting his time between the sheriff’s office and his business, Peacock, Newnam and White Funeral Home in Southport.

White named John Ingram chief deputy last Friday. Ingram began his post Monday with a meeting with captains, lieutenants and department heads, he said.

Ingram fills a vacancy that has been open since former chief deputy Tony Cummings retired in December.

The response of the sheriff’s office staff to Ingram’s appointment was “wonderful,” White said this week.

But Ingram is no stranger to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, having served as a deputy for 13 years.

Ingram began at the sheriff’s office in 1991 as a patrol deputy, moving up the ranks through the years.

From 1999-2004, Ingram served as the lieutenant over the drug enforcement unit. Ingram then worked at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office for three years, most recently as chief deputy.

Ingram kept his law enforcement certification active in Columbus County but has been busy running his own landscaping business.

“I had to think about it a little bit,” Ingram said of his decision to return to the sheriff’s office.

But White says he’s a welcome addition to the office.

“We’re very honored to have him on board,” White said.

Harrington named drug enforcement unit lieutenant

Last week White named Roger Harrington the lieutenant over the drug enforcement unit.

Like Ingram, Harrington is also a veteran of the sheriff’s office, having served with the sheriff’s office for 27 years.

“The first 19 years was on an auxiliary status and the last 11 years have been full time,” Harrington said.

While employed full time with the sheriff’s office, Harrington spent three years in the detective division and five years in the narcotics division.

Before being promoted to lieutenant, Harrington was the road patrol shift supervisor. Harrington, whose first day was Monday, says he looks forward to working with drug enforcement agents, most of whom he has worked with for years.

“We hope we can do some big things against the drug problem,” Harrington said.

Harrington fills the vacancy left by Lt. Mickey Smith, who resigned March 21.

Ingram said he met with Harrington and the drug enforcement agents Monday.

“I think it’s going to be a very good change, and they’re going to be moving in a very positive direction now,” Ingram said of Harrington at the helm of the drug enforcement unit.