LAURINBURG — The head of investigations for the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office resigned on Tuesday after spending more than a decade with the department and nearly seven years in his current position.
David Newton, 46, captain of the investigation division, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Sheriff Shep Jones said he did not know why Newton turned in his resignation.
“(Newton) was an excellent investigator,” Jones said. “He did a wonderful job. I’m sure he’s going to work somewhere else.”
According to Scotland County Human Resources Director Susan Butler, Newton was hired in 1998 as a Deputy 1, and resigned as a detective on April 4, 2001. He was re-hired on Nov. 1, 2001, as a detective. He was named captain on June 16, 2008, a promotion that came with a salary of $46,668, but was cut in by 2.5 percent in 2011 and was only just restored to its original amount last year.
Sheriff’s Capt. Jon Edwards, formerly a lieutenant investigator, will be taking Newton’s place. Sheriff’s Lt. Gyivan Jackson, formerly the department’s juvenile detective, will take Edwards’ spot. Sheriff’s Lt. Jeffery Cooke has been promoted to investigator.
The resignation comes amid a State Bureau of Investigation probe into the department, which Jones has said stems from a deputy’s complaint about giving a portion of money earned while performing off-duty work back to the sheriff’s office. County officials have also said they plan to investigate how the estimated $42,000 collected from moonlighting deputies was spent.
In other personnel matters, recently retired State Trooper John Martin was sworn in as an auxiliary deputy and William S. McIlwain promoted from auxiliary deputy to a full time patrol deputy during a ceremony in the sheriff’s office conference room on Monday.
“William is working on patrol,” Jones said. “… He’s going to be working anywhere within the agency focusing on the investigation division.”
Auxiliary positions are unpaid, part-time positions.
Jones said that the department hires and enlists the help of deputies and auxiliary officers “whenever they’re needed.” He said that people are hired for positions other deputies leave behind when promoted and when an extra hand is needed in a certain division.
Late last month, new hire Shane Baldwin was sworn in as a detention officer and James McPhatter was promoted from detention officer sergeant to patrol deputy after completing basic law enforcement training. Miles Mack was sworn in as an auxiliary deputy and detention officer on Jan. 3.
“Promotions and new hires are all based on unique qualifications, seniority, hard work, dedication and determination,” said Antoinette Gibson, administrative assistant. “When a position becomes available it’s offered to the one deserving of it.”
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