NHC Dem. Party chooses McMahon as Causey's replacement

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Posted by Debra Worley - email
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Democratic Party met Monday night to hear from three men who say they want to fill the term of retiring Sheriff Sid Causey.  They chose Chief Deputy Ed McMahon as their recommendation.

Thursday afternoon, David Smithey, a retired major from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, announced that he wants the job.

"What I hope to do is bring confidence back to the office of sheriff," said Smithey.  "There's been some incidents like the shooting of the UNCW student and other controversies."

Lawrence Hayes who retired from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office in 1996 also expressed interest in wanting to be considered as Causey's replacement.

Earlier this year Causey announced that he will retire July 1 and recommended Chief Deputy Ed McMahon for the job.

Smithey and McMahon have a lot in common.  They both have more than 20 years experience working for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office; they're both Democrats; and they both have the same dreams for the future - replacing Causey.

Chief Deputy McMahon, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for 21 years, is confident he will get to succeed Causey.

"I have four past sheriff's backing me, most of the department, I am dealing with the budget and the economic problems," said McMahon.

Before they wear the sheriff's badge, both all the candidates know they'll have to gain the support of their party.

"Of course eligibility would be considered but we'll look and see who will be the best sheriff to handle the budget," said Democratic Party Chairman Jim Morgan.

The Democratic Executive Committee heard from the three men Monday night, they voted and will now submit McMahon as their recommendation to county commissioners, who will have the final say.

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