Town manager: Carolina Beach police chief suspended

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Carolina Beach Police Chief Kenneth Hinkle.
Carolina Beach Police Chief Kenneth Hinkle.

Carolina Beach Police Chief Kenneth Hinkle has been suspended from his duties at the town’s police department.

According to Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer, Hinkle was placed on non-disciplinary suspension with pay on Wednesday. The suspension was due to a personnel issue, Cramer said, but declined to elaborate.

Cramer, who notified Carolina Beach Town Council about his decision, said he has no timeline line on Hinkle’s suspension.

According to the town’s personnel policy, a non-disciplinary suspension is an action “during the investigation, hearing, or trial of an employee on any criminal charge, or during an investigation related to alleged detrimental personal conduct, or during the course of any civil action involving an employee.”

Capt. Harry Humphries will serve as acting police chief, Cramer said.

Kenneth R. Hinkle is credited with 30 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as police chief with the Village of Obetz, Ohio. Hinkle was hired in November 2013. His current annual salary is $77,219.