Sheriff Robert L. Holland was contacted by County Manager Derek Roland Thursday night regarding some possible questionable business practices and some possible irregularities with some records from the County Board of Election’s Office. Sheriff Holland met the county manager and County Attorney Chester Jones at the County Board of Election’s office and after a brief investigation he recommended that the office be secured by changing the locks to deny all access to the office until further notice. The following morning there was another meeting which included the county manager, the finance director, the county attorney and Sheriff Holland recommended that the State Board of Elections be contacted as well as the District Attorney’s Office.
In addition Sheriff Holland made the decision to request the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigations. The request was submitted in writing and the SBI agreed and has initiated their investigation. In addition District Attorney Mike Bonfoey also requested the assistance of the SBI.
The Sheriff’s Office will not release any other information regarding this matter and all other inquiries should be directed to the SBI’s Asheville Office or the District Attorney’s Office.
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