RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker held a rare news conference Sunday afternoon to address “recent rumors” that he said involved him possibly being indicted, under investigation, or moving out of his office.
Baker held the event just after 5:30 p.m. with less than an hour’s notice.
During the 20-minute news conference, Baker several times denied that he or his office was under investigation.
“This office, to my knowledge, is not under any investigation for any wrongdoing of any kind that I know of,” Baker said.
Baker also denied that he was “packing” up his office.
“Nothing true about it at all,” Baker said, adding that he heard Monday was to be the “big indictment day.”
He also said that he was not aware of any probe into him or his office.
“There is no investigation that I know of — there is no federal investigation, there is no criminal indictments that I know of concerning any monies or forfeitures,” Baker said.
Baker also said he had checked with all of his “upper management” and that he had “no reason to believe” the sheriff’s office was facing any type of misconduct allegations.
When questioned by a reporter, he also denied ever mishandling money while in office.
Baker said that he received calls from media outlets about the rumors late last week and Saturday. He said the news conference was about being transparent.
Baker, who was sworn into the office of sheriff in Dec. 2018, said he believes the rumors are politically motivated but did not offer specific evidence.
He said there was necessary reorganization and restructuring since he took office.
“There are some folks who are upset, still upset, about that I won the election in 2018. I can’t sit here and say that that is exactly what it is, but one plus one is two for me,” Baker said.
Matt Calabria, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners, spoke Sunday to CBS 17 about the matter.
“The county has not received any credible information suggesting that the sheriff’s office is under investigation. We will continue to monitor for any potential irregularities, mindful that the Sheriff is an independently elected official and does not report to county government,” Calabria said.