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Embattled NC sheriff steps down from role for a second time amid multiple investigations

Jody Greene has resigned his position as sheriff of Columbus County.
(Photo: Columbus County Sheriff's Office)

Less than a week into his second term, Jody Greene has resigned as Columbus County Sheriff. Greene’s attorney, Michael Mills, made the announcement Wednesday at the start of a hearing to remove Greene from office.

Kevin Norris, who was recently named chief deputy, will now serve as sheriff of Columbus County as the board of commissioners completes the process to choose someone for the role.

District Attorney Jon David said the judge dismissed the issue of removal because of Greene’s resignation, but the judge has not made a decision on the issue of permanent disqualification.

David said his office does not feel as though Jody Greene should be someone who ever carries a badge again.

Greene was accused of making racist statements about Black deputies working for his office and of having a months-long sexual with a detective at the sheriff’s office. David said the investigation into possible criminal conduct will continue.