Former county elections director’s assault charge dismissed

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Elections Director Marvin McFadyen is seen through a door window listening to board members during the closed session. Photo by Jonathan Spiers.
Former elections director Marvin McFadyen. Port City Daily file photo.

A misdemeanor assault charge against the county’s former elections director was dismissed on Monday.

Marvin McFadyen, 44, was charged with assault on a female in November 2014. According to court records, the charge was dismissed on Monday because the victim was not present for the district court hearing for the second time.

McFadyen was arrested at a home on Croquet Court at 10 p.m., Nov. 15, 2014, according to jail records. The New Hanover County Board of Elections held a closed meeting the following day and decided that there would be no change in McFadyen’s employment with the county.

But the board removed McFadyen from his position and petitioned for the State Board of Elections to remove him as director in January. The petition detailed the board’s reasons to seek his termination, which among other issues, included his November 2014 arrest. The State Board of Elections granted the county’s request in February.

McFadyen had served as director since May 2011. In March, the state board approved the county’s nomination of Derek Bowens to serve as the county’s election director.

Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or christina.h@portcitydaily.com. 

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