North Carolina Sheriff Caught Making Racist Statements Resigns

Jody GreenePhoto by Columbus County Sheriff’s Office

Jody Greene, a suspended North Carolina sheriff, has tendered his resignation from office after a leaked audio recording in which he called Black employees derogatory names surfaced. 

His Attorney Michael Mills announced on Monday during a hearing praying to remove Greene from office. 

“Jody Greene loves Columbus County and does not want to put the people he has served through this ordeal,” Mills told Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser. The announcement prompted applause from some in the courtroom.

In September, during the county’s sheriff’s race, a recording was released of Greene making multiple offensive remarks in February 2019.

“Every Black that I know, you need to fire him,” Greene is heard saying. “I’m going to clean house and be done with it. And we’ll start from there.”

“I’m sick of these Black bastards,” Greene also said. “They think I’m scared? They’re stupid. I don’t know what else to do with them, so it’s just time to clean them out.”

Greene issued a statement arguing that the recording of the 2019 phone call had been edited or altered. But he didn’t deny in the statement that he was on the call or that he made the statements.

Though Greene had been suspended since Oct. 4, he had been campaigning for reelection. His name remains on the ballot in the Nov. 8 election.

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