Edgecombe County – I Totally Agree With Former Register of Deeds Robin Williams Braswell Response To The Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners February 2020 Meeting

I totally agree with Robin Williams Braswell as it relates to the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office Presentation. First of all I want to say my damn internet is so slow so I am uploading the video now. I just finished running my church service from Sunday so as it stand the Edgecombe County Commissioners Meeting is uploading and hopefully it will be up by tomorrow evening.

Robin that Gene did a hell of a job with the presentation. This is one of the most powerful presentations I have ever seen and I have videoed many. However the presentations that they did during the 1st Annual Sheriff Citizen’s S.H.I.N.E. Academy were powerful as well. Every time I attend something that the Sheriff Office does they take it to a new level of professionalism.

Robin you were underpaid as well but I am so glad you were able to retire at a young age, (I am jealous you are several years younger than me) but you will be able to live comfortable on your retired income.

I totally agree with Robin Williams Braswell as it relates to the No Smoking Policy and I too do not smoke. I strongly feel that the employees need somewhere to be able to go smoke. They could set up an area somewhere and put up a little shelter where the employees could stand under and have something for them to put their butts in. On my job when they stopped the employees from smoking they used to go in the field connected to the property. Later and as of date they have a shelter set up for the employees to go under to smoke.

What tickled the hell out of me during the meeting was that when Othar Woodard address Shane Varnell of State Farm about the policy Vane for and Woodard against. Woodard said that the employees would adapt because his wife did when her place of employment banned smoking. He said that it is about the employees health. Well we are talking about grown ass men and women and not children. Come to think about it you have to be of an adult age to buy and smoke anyway. If I am correct smokers have to pay more for medical insurance so if that ain’t an issue for them, then damn sure ain’t an issue for me. Hell I would not want to pay the price of a pack of cigarettes these days.

I say give the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office a real raise and give the employees somewhere to smoke.

Yes, Robin my friend all of this is unacceptable and we must do better!

My comments above is in response to Robin Williams Braswell.

First of all I want to say bravo to Gene for his presentation that he made on behalf of our Sheriff’s Office. As a 30 year employee of the county, I totally understand his plea. The Register of Deeds office is mandated by several state agencies and is tasked with serving the citizens in all aspects. The knowledge required by the position is vast yet the starting salary is a mere $23,170. I served this great county for 30 years of service to this County and as YOUR Register of Deeds for almost 13 years, never reaching the salary of the former Register who served 10 as Register with no prior experience. I never reached mid point! We have Department Heads who have reached mid point and some are at max and beyond max salary at just at 2-3 years in their respective positions. No disrespect to them, but where is the justice in this? As for the NO SMOKING policy, I do not smoke, however; I have county employee friends that do. Do I think the smoking area should be at the entrance to our county buildings, no. Do I think we should designate an area for those that choose to smoke, YES! We as a county are dumping our trash on the Town of Tarboro! Employees are forced to smoke on the sidewalk, citizens attending court are forced to walk across the front of the courthouse to the courthouse square and dump their ashes and butts into the fountain and surrounding area which is owned by the Town!!! Give them somewhere to go! This is unacceptable and we must do better!

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Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson Will Provide An Update To County Commissioners On Monday February 3, 2020

Edgecombe County Cleveland “Clee” Atkinson will provide an update during the Edgecombe County Commissioners Meeting on Monday February 3, 2020 7:00 PM. The update will take place on the agenda at:

6. SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT.

A. Sheriff Clee Atkinson will provided an update from the Sheriff’s Office.

So if you didn’t know now you know however I posted the entire agenda earlier.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff Office is underpaid even the Sheriff himself. We are losing some good deputies and staff because they are going to other cities and towns where they can make more money. This is just a damn shame.

The Edgecombe County Sheriff Office is the best Sheriff Office in the state but that is just my opinion. What I will say is that our Sheriff Office are called upon by other agencies to assist them in their time of need.

The Sheriff Deputies have to cover a lot of ground and work hours in all kinds of weather, holidays among other things. I am reminded when I learned that some of our Deputies were going to another county to help with the flood a couple of years ago. The Deputies got flooded in and could not drive out. My heart went out to these Deputies who were willing to go into a county that they probably have never been and to have to endure the flood and the folk whom were in distress.

I know what the Edgecombe County Sheriff Office goes through because I am actively engaged in the community. I also had the privilege to obtain a certificate for attending the 1st Annual Sheriff S.H.I.N.E. Citizens Academy that was held last year and will be held again this month. I encourage everyone to sign up and learn what the ECSO have to go through on a day to day basis. You will be glad that you did. Trust me the Thursdays that the meetings are held will not be a dull moment and you will be excited about attending.

I am calling on all folk Caucasians and especially Black Leadership ie: Community leaders, sororities, fraternities and especially retired folk who do not have to worry about retaliation whom have been silent on this issue for the past couple of years to come out of your comfort zones because these folk protect you. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday just passed and it sickens me how folk dress up to go to events and the marches and don’t stand for nothing. I understand a newly formed Religious Group consisting of Pastors and Ministers are meeting so when will you speak up on issues?

Read the following: Detention Center Administrator Calls For The Clergy To Support The Edgecombe County Sheriff Office.

Sign up for the The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office Presents S.H.I.N.E. Citizens’ Academy Sign Up Today.

See the entire agenda for Monday night meeting: Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners Meeting Monday February 3, 2020.

Detention Center Administrator Calls For The Clergy To Support The Edgecombe County Sheriff Office

I understand there is a ministerial alliance that has been meeting about issues so I hope this letter went to them. I am going to see what kind of response this letter receives. I will see who shows up at the next Edgecombe County Commissioners meeting. Curmilus Butch Dancy II

To my fellow clergy of the Gospel, I greet you with the love of God.


I communicate with you in an effort to share the state of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and request your support.


Let me start by saying I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Edgecombe County as the Detention Center Administrator.


As the Administrator my responsibility is for the entire operation of the Detention Center under the direction of the Honorable Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson, Jr.

The Detention Center has a capacity of 255 detainees, with 57 staff members and medical support team (vendor).

My concern is recruiting and maintaining quality staff to operate in a safe and humane environment due to low salary of the Sheriff’s Office.

The starting salary is $27,065.00 per year (excluding benefits) for a Detention Officer.

The staff work in hostile environments daily, with threats of violence toward them while having to provide protection for detainees, visitors and general public.

The county commissioners have been petitioned for salary increases in the past. Last budget year provided a 4% cost of living for all county employees, which was inadequate for the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office generates over a million dollars a year in revenue for general funds for the county.

I am asking for your support and prayers that you will share with your congregation in hopes of you and them attending the Commissioners Meeting on February 3, 2020 at 7 pm. The meetings are held in the County Administrations Building located at 201 Saint Andrew St, Tarboro on the second floor.

To say that the Sheriff’s Office protects us, we need good quality staff. Let’s pay them so they can Recruit and Maintain Good Quality Staff.

Thanks my brothers and sisters in the gospel.


Oliver Washington, Pastor
Oliver Washington, Detention Administrator

Edgecombe County – Honorable Judge Reuben Young Was Guest Speaker At The Edgecombe County 1st Annual Sheriff Office S.H.I.N.E. Citizens Academy

Edgecombe County Sheriff Office 1st S.H.I.N.E. Citizens Academy Presents Certificates
Guest Speaker: Honorable Judge Reuben Young, Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of the Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice
Edgecombe County Sheriff Training Center Pinetops North Carolina
Sheriff Cleveland Clee Atkinson & Staff
Thursday April 18, 2019 6:00 PM

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Edgecombe sheriff adds school resource officers – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Gate Keeper’s response: Thank you Sheriff Atkinson for always having safety and what you can do to help make Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play. I have found this brother to be one of the most caring men that I know. He love people and is a people’s person. Thank you for your humbleness but yet outspokenness because in this society we need someone with both traits.

TARBORO — Retired Edgecombe County deputies are helping keep middle schools safe thanks to a new state grant.

“We have three retired deputies covering the five middle schools,” said Sgt. Joe Cofield of the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, who supervises the county’s school resource officers.

The retired deputies spend time every day at each school on a rotating basis.

“They spend fours in the morning then four hours in the afternoon at another school,” Cofield said.

The five middle schools in Edgecombe are: (Read more)