Warren ejected from meeting; blames racism for problems

Commissioner Charles Warren
Commissioner Charles Warren

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren was forced to leave Monday night's commissioners' meeting when the discussion turned to Warren's position on the Department of Social Services board.  Bill Sue, the chairman of the commissioners had Warren escorted out of the room saying he was being too disruptive.

Warren is chairman of the county's DSS board.  He has fought to keep his position with DSS despite it going against the board's ethics policy to serve as chairman.

Opposition to Warren serving on the DSS board escalated last week when he had a fellow DSS board member escorted out of the meeting. Warren even threatened to have Patricia Sykes arrested for repeatedly calling for his resignation. Sykes has been very vocal about getting Warren off the board.

Warren said Monday night that he believes the push to have him removed from the DSS board is racially motivated.  Warren publicly claimed that Sue has been trying to turn people against him in the towns of Navassa and Northwest.

"To me I feel that this whole thing from Sykes to McQuillen, even to members of this board is nothing but a bunch of racists,"  said Warren.

Prior to his removal from the meeting Monday night, a handful of community members spoke in the public session in favor of removing Warren from the DSS board.

Brunswick County Commissioners agreed Monday night to meet again January 17 to discuss Warren's future as the chairman of the DSS board.

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