SMITHFIELD – Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle has requested an investigation into Ronald Johnson, a former Smithfield police detective who was fired from his job on October 14. Johnson is also a member of the Johnston County Board of Education. He has been censured twice by the board in recent weeks for recording closed session meetings and for sending inappropriate text messages about a female school employee.
District Attorney Doyle said, “The Johnston County District Attorney’s Office has received materials from several different agencies, groups, and individuals regarding former Smithfield Police Department Detective and Johnston County School Board member Ronald Johnson. After an initial review of this information, I have requested a thorough and complete investigation be conducted to determine if further actions are warranted against Mr. Johnson. I ask for the public’s patience as my office works through this process.”
Following both censures, the school board submitted their internal investigative reports to the District Attorney. It is not publicly known what other agencies, groups, and individuals submitted additional materials to Doyle’s office.
In August, the school board voted to ask Mr. Johnson to resign. He did not resign. Johnson is serving his second term on the board, having first been elected in 2016.