RANDOLPH COUNTY — An allegation that Randolph County Sheriff Greg Seabolt used county resources to campaign for reelection was refuted by Seabolt last week at a news conference.
Seabolt announced on Friday that an investigation by the SBI cleared him of any wrongdoing. The sheriff indicated in his prepared remarks that one of his opponents in next year’s Republican primary leveled accusations against him.
“I just wanted to set the record straight and go over a few things,” Seabolt said. “On May 4, 2021, I was accused by an opposing candidate of using county property to campaign for an upcoming election. The accusation was emailed to multiple individuals, exploited on social media and sent to media outlets simply as an attempt to tarnish my reputation.”
Seabolt said he has tried to remain silent during the investigation, as he had complete confidence in the SBI’s ability to make an independent and apolitical investigation. He offered that the investigation confirmed what many in the community had already believed, that the accusations were politically motivated and not founded in truth.
“The complaint was thoroughly investigated and subsequently unproven as criminal conduct,” Seabolt said. “At the request of our district attorney — an out-of-county district attorney — reviewed the case and determined that no charges would be filed. The basis of that conclusion was the lack of evidence to support any criminal wrongdoing.”
The sheriff thanked Randolph County residents who stood by him during the investigation. He said the accusations made against him caused “unnecessary turmoil” in the county. Referring to the alleged impropriety as dirty politics and harmful rhetoric, Seabolt explained his belief that verbal attacks on candidates sometimes dissuade individuals from running for political office.
When asked if he felt the accusation forces his hand to engage in a brand of politics he does not wish to engage in, Seabolt said he didn’t.
“I feel like if I do the right things, make the right decisions, not cut corners, do the citizens right in this county and treat my employees fairly, the campaign will take care of itself,” Seabolt said. “I will not go there [into dirty politics]. We have too many positive accomplishments and positive things to say about this administration.”
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.