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Carolina Beach Police Chief Kenneth Hinkle.
Kenneth Hinkle.

Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer recently upheld his May 8 decision to terminate police chief Kenneth Hinkle, who appealed Cramer’s decision.

Hinkle was placed on non-disciplinary suspension with pay on April 15. His suspension was due to a personnel issue, Cramer said at the time, but declined to elaborate.

According to Hinkle’s termination letter provided to Port City Daily by his attorney, Barry 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.”

Cramer had a Charlotte law firm review supporting material and had a hearing and discussion with Hinkle. An attorney gave an opinion in writing to the town attorney, from which Cramer said he made his decision to deny Hinkle’s appeal.

Capt. Harry Humphries
Capt. Harry Humphries

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

Cramer said the search for a new head of the police department could begin in a couple weeks, with interviews possibly taking place by the end of the summer. Capt. Harry Humphries will continue to serve as interim police chief until a permanent police chief is named, Cramer said.

Christina Haley is a crime and courts reporter for Port City Daily. Reach her at (910) 772-6337 or