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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Ballree out as BSL police chief

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — Emmett Ballree has been fired as Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief.

As WWAY reported FIRST ON 3, Ballree was suspended with pay last month as City Manager Jeff Repp began investigating an allegation Ballree abused his power as chief. Repp said at the time the allegation was separate from an SBI investigation into Ballree launched earlier this year.

“I want to thank Chief Ballree for his nearly five years of service to the citizens of the city, but after reviewing the facts of the investigation that I conducted and the direction that needs to be taken for the betterment of the department, I made the difficult decision to relive the chief of his position and begin the process of advertising and selecting a new Chief of Police,” Repp said in a news release. “I will be advertising the position regionally and hope to have the new Chief on board as soon as possible. In that this was a personnel action I will not be commenting further on this matter.”

Repp also said in his release that Lt. Richard Spenser will continue as acting chief during the search process for the new police chief.

Coming up tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3, we’ll find out what Ballree has to say about his dismissal.

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