Town manager: ‘No change’ in status of suspended Carolina Beach police chief

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

Two weeks have passed since Carolina Beach Police Chief Kenneth Hinkle was placed on suspension, but details about the suspension or what prompted it have not been made public.

Hinkle—a 30 year veteran of law enforcement, who previously served as police chief with the Village of Obetz, Ohio—was placed on non-disciplinary suspension with pay on April 15, according to Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer.

“There has been no change in the status of the chief,” Cramer said on Wednesday.

Cramer, who notified Carolina Beach Town Council about his decision, said no timeline has been given on Hinkle’s suspension. The suspension was due to a personnel issue, Cramer said, but declined to elaborate.

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.”

Hinkle was hired in November 2013. His current annual salary is $77,219. Capt. Harry Humphries is currently serving as acting police chief, Cramer said.

Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter at Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or christina.h@portcitydaily.com.