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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – WECT.com is digging deeper into the local law enforcement officer being investigated by the SBI.
A spokeswoman with the SBI says that Hovie Pope is the center of an investigation by the state's detectives, allegedly in connection to financial crimes.
According to a spokesman with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Pope is employed as a special deputy.
Pope is also employed with a marketing firm in Charlotte. According to a spokesman from that firm, Pope provides services for the Kellum Law Firm in Wilmington.
The marketing firm declined to comment on the pending investigation but did say his background "speaks for itself."
Pope is best known for his time serving local communities in law enforcement.
He reportedly started his career with the Wilmington Police Department before joining the Wrightsville Beach Police Department, where he served for years before retiring.
During his time with the WBPD, he served as a patrolman from 1981-1982, a master patrolman from 1982-1987, an investigator from 1987-1994, a detective sergeant from 1994-2001 and a lieutenant from 2001-2004.
After retiring, he picked up his current part-time position with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office.
A spokesperson says he is employed with the sheriff's office, but is not actively serving at this time, due to retirement benefit guidelines.
Additionally, Pope served as treasurer for the North Carolina Internal Affairs Investigators Association.
The president of that group said that he had no comment on Pope, though he did confirm that Pope served as treasurer at some point.
Pope is also a veteran and received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the North Carolina Governor's Office.
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