Kenly receives a felony charge after the police give up

KENLY, NC (WNCN) — People packed Kenly City Hall for Monday night’s council meeting, after nearly a week without a police department manned.

A new interim city clerk has been sworn in, but still not a single police officer is on duty.

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office said it continued to have two deputies in Kenly per shift to help cover the area.

According to Town Manager Justine Jones, these MPs responded to 113 emergency calls from August 3-7.

Jones obtained these numbers from the sheriff’s office

The breakdown of calls is as follows:

  • 94 resident/business checks
  • 2 Breaking into and entering (motor vehicles)
  • 2 disruption
  • 2 unknown calls
  • 2 intruder alarm systems
  • 3 attempts to locate a suspicious vehicle or person
  • 5 suspicious person/vehicle
  • 1 trespassing
  • 1 episode
  • 1 custody case

Jones doesn’t know if this is typical call volume. A city council member asked if response times had changed.

“Since this is our first report from Johnston County, I’ll have to go back and compare it to the police department numbers,” Jones said.

In termination letters received by CBS 17, officers cited a hostile work environment and decisions that endangered their safety.

Mayor Herbert L. Hales II said the county is forming a committee to hire a new police chief to help build the force. He said the county supports those efforts.

“We’re more concerned about finding the right person,” Hales II said. “We won’t put a time limit on it, of course the sooner the better it would be an advantage, but we’ll be approaching different candidates. We want to find the best solution for the city of Kenly.”

He estimates the investigation, which the City Attorney is overseeing, will be completed in about two weeks, at which time it will go before the council.

“We will most likely hold a special convened meeting or emergency meeting as soon as this information is available so that we can evaluate and decide if and what action to take,” Hales said.

An external company is also temporarily helping the city with wage issues. Kenly receives a felony charge after the police give up

Dais Johnston

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