Judge halts Warren’s removal hearing

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Orders temporary restraining order against removal proceedings

By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A court order has halted a hearing to remove county commissioner Charles Warren from his post on the county’s social services board.

Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenberry on Thursday granted Warren a temporary restraining order, which protects him from removal proceedings scheduled for Tuesday.

The hearing, originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, was to determine if there was just cause to remove Warren from the county’s social services board.

Warren’s attorney Gary Shipman, who previously represented the DSS board, argued county commissioners, “have no legal right to remove or attempt to remove [Warren] from his duly appointed position as a member of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services.”

The temporary restraining order expires Jan. 30. A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, before Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks.