CANDOR, N.C. — SBI agents arrested state trooper and Candor town commissioner Wayne Holyfield Tuesday morning, charging him with accessing a government computer, a class H felony.
Holyfield was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and given a $3,000 secured bond. He has since been released on bond.
The SBI had subpoenaed Holyfield to testify in a probable cause hearing for felony charges against his former co-worker Erik Jackson. Jackson was charged with two felonies related to voter fraud in February.
According to voter registration documents, he registered to vote in Candor using Holyfield’s address. Jackson also has a listed address in Lexington. SBI officials arrested Holyfield at Jackson’s hearing.
Holyfield and Jackson worked together as state troopers until Jackson was dismissed in August.
As of Tuesday morning, Holyfield was still on administrative duty for the state Highway Patrol. He has been working in an administrative capacity out of Richmond County since January. The Highway Patrol is looking into his role as Candor town commissioner.
Holyfield won election to the town board in November. His first action as commissioner was to make a motion to fire four of the town’s five police officers.
He has yet to state a reason for doing so on camera, but told FOX8 in January that he was concerned that the previous regime did not take citizens’ complaints seriously and that he wanted to move the department in a more professional direction.
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