Town Manager Updates Council On Search For New Police Chief

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 12 August 2015 04:00

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CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach has been searching for a new police chief and at the Council's Tuesday August 11th, meeting Town Manager Michael Cramer said he's narrowing down the list and should have a recommendation early next month.
The Town terminated the employment of former Carolina Beach Police Chief Ken Hinkle on May 8th, 2015. Earlier this summer the Town began a search for a new chief.
In July Cramer said the deadline to submit resumes for the position has passed and they have a large pool of applicants to chose from.
Cramer explained, "We received 86 applications for the Police Chief position. It will take me a couple of weeks to go through them and create a short list.  After that I will perform phone interviews and face to face interviews."
He explained, "I am hoping to complete the interview process by the end of August.  The Police Chief is a direct report of the manager.  Council will not be included in the process, but I will keep them involved with updates."
During the August 11th, meeting Cramer explained, "When we went out for hiring of the police chief we ended up with 86 applications back from all over the country as far away as California. Very good high level interest from individuals in the region."
He explained, "We went through and screened those applications for minimum requirements and then basically graded those. We ended up culling that number down to 12 individuals. Those individuals, I did an interview with. Out of the twelve there were six that were internal Town candidates and six of them that were external candidates. Three from within the state, two from Virginia and one from South Carolina."
He said, "After going through the interview process I basically looked for and asked questions based on four different categories. Motivation, leadership style, management and vision. After going through that we have culled the list down again to five qualified applicants to come in for a final panel interview."
Cramer explained, "The interview will take place in the last week of August. The panel that we have set up is not only myself but also Ed
Parvin our Assistant Town Manager, Holly Brooks our HR Director, Alan Griffin our Fire Chief and also we have asked that Sam Gervase from Topsail Island who is the chief there come down and represent police interest and give us a full panel of five individuals to go in, interview and vet the candidates."
He explained, "We expect that will take place the last week of August and baring any particular issues with that I sort of expect that we will have a decision made the following week and be making an offer or recommendation at that point."
Mayor Wilcox said, "I appreciate you getting someone from law enforcement involved in the panel."
On Wednesday April 15, 2015 Carolina Beach Police Chief Ken Hinkle was suspended with pay by Cramer as part of a non-disciplinary investigation.  The investigation was completed and Cramer reached a decision in regards to Chief Hinkle’s status as Chief of Police for the Town of Carolina Beach. On Friday May 8, 2015 Hinkle  was informed that his employment with the Town was terminated immediately.
Hinkle appealed the decision and on May 29th, he was informed the decision would not be reversed.
In a letter to Chief Hinkle dated May 7th, Michael Cramer wrote, “Effective immediately, your employment with the Town of Carolina Beach is terminated. This decision is based on your: 1. Poor performance in complying with rules and regulations necessary for the proper administration of the police department. 2. Failure to abide by
the Town of Carolina Beach Personnel Policy. 3. Insubordination or a stated refusal to perform assigned duties or a flagrant violation of work rules and regulations.”


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