#collegesafety | North Carolina DA removed from office gets state-funded retirement

ASHEVILLE – In 2021, after eight years as district attorney for Henderson, Transylvania and Polk counties, Greg Newman was removed from office for what a Superior Court Judge said was “willful misconduct” and “conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice” — but one thing Newman was not disqualified from was a state pension.

According to records from the North Carolina State Treasurer’s Office, Newman, 60, who is one of only three such public prosecutors in the state to be removed under a special law, has been getting $2,202 each month in retirement payments.

He and his dependents are also eligible for health benefits, according to information from the treasurer’s office on the consolidated judicial retirement system. 

Joanne McDowell was one of the parties who petitioned for Newman’s removal under N.C. General Statute 7A-66, saying the prosecutor downplayed or mishandled cases of alleged child rape, murder and other serious crimes. McDowell found through a public records request that Newman had been receiving the state pension since May 1, 2021, despite his ejection from office. 

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