Kernersville police Chief Kenneth Gamble resigns

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Kernersville Police Chief Ken Gamble resigned on Monday after 3½ years as chief, town officials announced.

Officials said in a statement that Gamble resigned “citing a leadership and management style that is incompatible with the town manager and the Board’s vision for the Department moving forward.”

Gamble was placed on two weeks of paid administrative leave on March 4. Town officials have been tight-lipped about why he was placed on administrative leave, saying it was a personnel issue.

This is the second time Gamble had been placed on administrative leave in less than a year. Gamble was placed on administrative leave in July after his patrol car hit two handcuffed men as they sat on the side of Business 40 following a police chase.

Gamble was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision. He successfully completed a precision driving course mandated by town policy, said Ray Smith, the town’s human resources director. Gamble pleaded guilty to the charge in December and paid $238 in fines and court costs.

Town officials won’t say whether Gamble’s recent administrative leave has anything to do with the July incident.