Charlotte councilman Braxton Winston served civil complaint by Mecklenburg Co. sheriff

City councilman accused of dodging deputies

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office says they have served Councilman Braxton Winston divorce paperwork after claiming that they tried to serve him on multiple occasions.

Winston was served Friday at 7:56 a.m., according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Winston’s Wife filed for divorce on January 22. The Sheriff’s office says on seven different occasions they have tried to serve Winston, even one time trying to track him down at a city meeting but say he went out a separate exit to avoid deputies.

In a press release the sheriff’s office said they tried serving Winston three different times at an address listed for him, once at the government center and twice at two separate locations. Then just today they say they spoke with Winston and his attorney about serving him. Winston’s wife Sheena Hopkins-Winston filed the divorce paperwork and claimed he had an affair.

Mecklenburg Sheriff Chief Deputy Rodney Collins says they try and treat all court processing the same.

“We have made multiple attempts, politics don’t come into play when we’re attempting to serve civil processes. Regardless of a person’s position status we take that very seriously it’s a constitutionally mandated responsibility of the sheriff’s office,” Collins said.

WBTV reached out to Winston this afternoon after the Sheriff’s Office’s announcement. He sent a text message saying this is a largely personal matter that involves his children.

He also tweeted this afternoon that “In response to the media attention, much of which has to-date been centered on speculation, please know that I am working with the Sheriff’s office to ensure a successful serving of papers within the next 24 hours.”

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