Rockingham County’s chief information officer charged with embezzlement

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David Lee Whicker

WENTWORTH, N.C. — Rockingham County’s chief information officer was arrested on Wednesday, according to a news release from the county manager’s office.

David Lee Whicker, 35, of Walkertown, is charged with felonious embezzlement by a public official/trustee.

County Manager Lance Metzler said Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office investigators brought to his attention on Monday that Whicker may have sold county items at a pawn shop in Kernersville.

“I immediately began addressing these concerns by working with sheriff’s investigators to substantiate whether or not this claim was factual,” Metzler said.

A news release from the sheriff’s office said investigators received a tip last week about the alleged crime.

It is unclear what Whicker is accused of selling.

Whicker is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Whicker was hired in February 2010 as the county’s chief information officer, where he supervises the county’s Information Technologies Systems Division.