Carolina Beach police chief fired, plans to appeal (UPDATED)

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

Carolina Beach Police Chief Kenneth Hinkle will appeal his termination from the town’s police force, according to his attorney.

Hinkle, who was placed on non-disciplinary suspension with pay last month, was terminated from the town on Friday, according to Barry Henline, Hinkle’s attorney.

“While Chief Hinkle is greatly disappointed with the decision made, we will begin the process of appealing Town Manager (Michael) Cramer’s decision,” Henline said.

According to Hinke’s termination letter, which was provided to Port City Daily by Henline, Hinkle was fired for failing to abide by the town’s personnel policy, insubordination and “poor performance in complying with rules and regulations necessary for the proper administration of the police department.”

Hinkle’s suspension was due to a personnel issue, Cramer said, but declined to elaborate. Cramer wasn’t immediately available to comment on Hinkle’s termination.

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 has been serving 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 annual salary was $77,219.