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Ron Hewett’s son Justin named Fair Bluff Police Chief

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WWAY) — Fair Bluff has hired Justin Hewett as its new police chief. He replaces Marty Lewis, who was fired after being arrested for allegedly selling drugs on duty last month.

Hewett, who was an officer in Holden Beach, is the son of Ron Hewett, who served as Brunswick County Sheriff for 14 years before being forced from office in a corruption probe. The elder Hewett served time in federal prison after pleading guilty to embezzlement and obstruction of justice.

Justin Hewett and Mayor Randy Britt both said Hewett is his own man and his father’s crime are not reflective of the younger Hewett’s record.

Information that led to Sheriff Hewett being removed from office in 2008 included details of county money and resources spent on Justin from the time Justin was a teenager, including the Sheriff assigning a vehicle belonging to the Sheriff’s Office to his son, even after Justin Hewett had been hired as a police officer in Holden Beach, and spending $1,622.52 in taxpayer money to fuel the vehicle from July 2006 to October 2007. Witnesses also say Sheriff Hewett requested his son be certified to use firearms and that Justin was seen at times carrying a badge his father had instructed be ordered for him, even though he was too young to be a deputy. Deputies were also instructed to pick up $182.92 worth of county-issued clothing for Justin.

Justin Hewett has been working with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office helping out in Fair Bluff while the town was without a police chief.

Last week Fair Bluff also named a new town clerk. Peggy Moore replaces Tamika Packer, who was also fired after being arrested on drug charges.

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