Entire police force and two city clerks quit after diversity hire

 — Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson and all his full-time officers resigned on Wednesday. The town is left with three part-time officers to run the rest of the department, serving a population of about 2,000.

Kenly’s town attorney Chip Hewett told WRAL News that the town would be holding an emergency meeting on Friday night at 7 p.m. to discuss how the town would be handling public safety.

“We just learned about this [Wednesday], it effects the entire police dept and staff members, we are looking at having an emergency special meeting to figure out how to move forward with it,” Hewett said.

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Even before the resignations, the police force was short-staffed, down from a norm of eight officers to five, Gibson said.

Two town clerks also submitted letters of resignation, leaving Kenly down seven full-time positions.



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