Chief Deputy's Departure Leaves Unanswered Questions

A veteran high ranking lawmen has left his job in Washington County, and no one is saying much about it.

Brian Hardison was chief deputy for the Washington County Sheriff's Office until Thursday. We don't know if Hardison left the Sheriff's Office on his own or was fired. WITN has left numerous phone messages with Sheriff James Ross since Thursday afternoon, but none of those have been returned.

County Manager David Peoples confirms that Hardison no longer works for the Sheriff's Office, but says he doesn't know the circumstances behind his departure.


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  • by Concerned Location: Plymouth on Mar 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
    I smell Jason Phelps all over this.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 06:40 PM in reply to Concerned
      Two wrongs don't make a right.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM in reply to Concerned
      I wish Jason would run for sheriff because he was a fine officer, one person I could trust.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    Glad he is gone. We sure will not miss him here in Washington County.
  • by J. Edgar Hoover Location: The Great Beyond on Mar 14, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    Hint to WITN: He is now Dan Gibbs/Martin Co. problem now. Can't WAIT to see how this is going to go over.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:30 PM in reply to J. Edgar Hoover
      Dan Gibbs must have lost his mind. I will not be voting for him next term.
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        by mr know it all on Mar 16, 2012 at 05:35 PM in reply to
        you idiots he's not working for Dan Gibbs!!!!
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          by Anonymous on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:45 PM in reply to mr know it all
          I heard Robersonville PD.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    Guess he finally got what he deserved.
  • by Guess who gets the last laugh on Mar 13, 2012 at 09:58 PM
    Maybe now he will see how it feels like to struggle to pay bills and make ends meet while attempting to find another job. He brought this on himself. A good phrase to live by, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
  • by Current LEO's friend on Mar 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
    Currently Creswell is patrolled at all times of the day and night. It is not a fair statement to say that it is never patrolled. There are a few people making post that are trying to make people believe that. Point being that as I post this there are only 243 post and half are good and half are naegative. So out of the 12,000 or so people that live in Wash. County, just a few think that Creswell is being unfairly treated. Its simple not true. Do people ever think that at night when they are in bed asleep that there is the lone deputy riding by your house at 1, 2, 3, 4am? True tickets are written in Creswell but rarely by a deputy. The deputies like Creswell and they respect the people there. Several have family and friends in the area so what makes people think that the deputies dont go there. No deputy that I know wants anything to occur there or in any other part of the county. If there was a magic wand to stop crime in our county then they would use it. Quit trashing the deputies because you dont like Hardison or Ross and have a personal vendetta against those two. The deputies dont deserve it.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:09 AM in reply to Current LEO's friend
      You must not live in creswell because if you did you sure would not see deputies patrolling the area especially when the businesses and schools are closing.
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      by Invisible Deputy? on Mar 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM in reply to Current LEO's friend
      Get your facts straight bud. Do you even live in the Creswell community? Probably not because if so you would feel differently.
  • by sarah smiley Location: Bath N.C. on Mar 9, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    All I have to say is that I sure do love some KARMA !!! And so does Thor !!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    Some people just have to learn the hard way.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM
    Wonder what he did wrong now?
  • by Go Home on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    Take it to the house!
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