Kernersville expects to name police chief by July

Former police chief Ken Gamble (WGHP)

Former police chief Ken Gamble (WGHP)

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — The town of Kernersville should have a new police chief by July, town manager Curtis Swisher said Friday, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Town officials said Kernersville Police Chief Ken Gamble resigned March 18 after 3½ years as chief.

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.”

Swisher said Friday the town would stop receiving applications for the position at the end of April. The town has hired Cannady Associates of Greensboro to assist in the search.

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.

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