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Three complaints have been filed against a Randolph County judge after she voluntarily reported her relationship with the regional director of the North Central Community Corrections to the Judicial Investigation Commission.

Judge Jaymie Wilfong said she made the disclosure of her relationship with Travis Carter to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

Three complaints have been filed against her since she reported the relationship to the Judicial Investigation Commission.

"A few weeks ago, I notified the agency that oversees judges that there had been a relationship with Mr. Carter. I did this in an abundance of caution to avoid an appearance of impropriety," Wilfong said.

"It is unfortunate when private matters become topics for public speculation, but I understand I am a public figure in this county. I am working to restore the faith of my family and those who care about me, and I am genuinely sorry I have disappointed so many people," Wilfong continued.

Commissioner Mike Taylor said Carter has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Taylor stated that it was "a personnel matter" and, due to the sensitivity of the inquiry, very little information could be shared with the North Central Community Corrections Board of Directors.

A meeting was held Wednesday where board members were given a brief overview of the reasons for Carter's suspension.

"I want to assure the residents and taxpayers of Randolph County, that the commission takes the inquiry very seriously and is doing everything possible to follow proper procedures during this inquiry, Taylor said.

"The residents deserve that we protect the interests of the taxpayers of the county, and at the same time, follow strict state and federal employment law," Taylor said.