Police chief at NC coastal town arrested after investigation

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Southport police chief Gary Smith was arrested Thursday morning accused of allowing a lieutenant under his command to work a second job while on-duty at the police department.

UPDATE: NC coastal town’s entire police force on leave after chief and lieutenant arrested

Smith’s arrest comes after an investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that began on April 4.

According to an arrest warrant, Smith is facing one count each of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense, willful failure to discharge duties, and obstruction of justice. 

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Smith is accused of conspiring with Lt. Michael Christian Simmons to allow Simmons to work a second job while he was on duty at the police department, the warrant states.

Smith was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Center and later released after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond.

UPDATE: NC coastal town’s entire police force on leave after chief and lieutenant arrested

The Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office is expected to hold a news conference at 2:30 p.m. to provide more details about his arrest.

Smith, 46, has been with the Southport Police Department for 18 years and was appointed police chief in September 2015.

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