Town’s Entire Police Department Resigns
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In North Carolina, a small town’s entire police department has resigned.
Law enforcement officers and other department officials in Kenly, North Carolina, submitted their resignation letters en masse, citing stress and a hostile work environment.
Several resignation letters were made public after the mass resignation.
“It is with a heavy heart that I take this action,” officer G.W. Strong wrote. “I have been with the town since 2004 and fully expected to finish my law enforcement career with the Town of Kenly. Unfortunately, there are decisions being made that jeopardize my safety and make me question what the future will hold for a Kenly Police Officer.”
“I have truly enjoyed working for The Town the last four years,” wrote Christy Thomas, the town’s utility clerk. “Due to the current situations and the stress in the work area lately, my main concern is my health, and right now I need to focus on my wellbeing. The work area is very hostile and I will not let myself be around that kind of atmosphere.”
Police Chief Josh Gibson outlined his reasons in a letter to Town Manager Justine Jones, who was just hired in June.
“In my 21 years at the Kenly Police Department, we have seen ups and downs,” Gibson wrote. “But, especially in the last 3 years, we have made substantial progress that we had hoped to continue. However, due to the hostile work environment now present in the Town of Kenly, I do not believe progress is possible.”
According to local outlets, neither Jones nor the department has been willing to speak to the media regarding the complaints.