Investigation that led to Davidson Co. clerk’s resignation lasted 6 months

Published 8:41 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2019

By Ben Coley

The (Lexington) Dispatch

LEXINGTON — Davidson County District Attorney Garry Frank said Tuesday that information provided by a local resident triggered an investigation that ended when Brian Shipwash stepped down as the county’s clerk of Superior Court.

And while Frank declined to provide details about the allegations, he said documents that have been under seal in Wake County could be unsealed now that the investigation is over.

Shipwash told his staff Monday that he had resigned, which led to Frank authorizing the State Bureau of Investigation to end its probe into improper use of state computers.

Frank estimated the investigation lasted about six months.

The district attorney said he had a meeting Monday with SBI agents and discussed all aspects of the case and the status of evidence.