WCTI-12: Kinston mayor and Lenoir Co. sheriff set to leave posts

Kinston’s first Republican mayor in more than a century and the Lenoir County Sheriff will both be leaving their positions.

B.J. Murphy, 32, was elected as the youngest mayor in Kinston’s history in 2009. But according to a statement from his office, Murphy will not be seeking a second term, because he wants to focus on his family and business.

“My family has sacrificed time with me so that I could give back to my hometown,” Mayor Murphy said. “We have simply decided that although I have a calling to serve, my family and business career need me more right now.”

In his three years as Kinston’s mayor, Murphy said he pursued non-partisan elections,  partnerships for economic development and other projects.

The Lenoir County Young Professionals named Murphy as Young Professional of the Year in 2011.

Lenoir County Sheriff Billy Smith will be retiring on March 31st, according to the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association.

The Democrat has been in office since 1989. His term will run out in 2014.