‘Rest assured I’m going to do what’s right’: Columbus Co. commissioners appoint acting sheriff after Jody Greene’s suspension

The Columbus County Board of Commissioners chairman called an emergency session Wednesday afternoon.
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 4:11 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The Columbus County Board of Commissioners chairman called an emergency session Wednesday afternoon to fill the position following Sheriff Jody Greene’s suspension from office.

Commissioner Giles (Buddy) Byrd made a motion to appoint Bill Rogers, who used to be a trooper with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Chris Smith seconded the motion, and the board decided in favor of the appointment.

Rogers, a Columbus County native, has a strong background in law enforcement. He started in 1994 with the department of corrections, then went to work for the Columbus County Sheriff’s office. In 2000, Rogers started working as a state trooper and just retired this past Friday.

Rogers also mentioned that he worked with Jody Greene for some time in both Columbus and Robeson counties.

When asked what he will do to regain trust in the sheriff’s office from the people in Columbus County, Rogers responded, “Rest assured I’m going to do what’s right. Integrity is the most important thing you can have doing this job, and I’ve done it my whole career and I’ve had a good career in it. So, they can rest assured, if they have any questions, they can contact me or contact my office and I will get back with them and talk with them.”

Rogers went on to share his message with Columbus County residents, “I want it to be safe for our county, for our kids, and our schools, our public. That’s what I’ve always done. It’s always been a passion of mine, to be a public servant, and I think I can do a good job. I’ve been around this county, I’ve been back here as a trooper and I’ve told everybody, I worked with the sheriff’s office, Whiteville PD, Tabor City PD.”

District Attorney Jon David filed a petition Tuesday requesting Greene be removed from office. In his petition, David cited racist remarks made by Greene during a recorded phone conversation in 2019, not long after Greene first took office. Superior Court Judge Douglas B. Sasser agreed to David’s request to suspend Greene until a hearing could be held on the petition for removal.

“And the Court, upon consideration of the Petition and Verification presented in support of the allegations, finds sufficient cause to immediately suspend S. Jody Greene from the Office of Sheriff of Columbus County,” Superior Court Judge Douglass B. Sasser wrote in the order.