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File photo by Hannah Leyva
File photo by Hannah Leyva

The search for a new Carolina Beach police chief, which began in June, is in its final stages.

In an update to the Carolina Beach Town Council during their last meeting, Town Manager Michael Cramer said the position received “very good, high-level interest.” A total of 86 applications were received by the July 15 deadline from as far away as California.

The applications were screened, and 12 applicants were chosen to sit down for an interview with Cramer. Six of those were “internal, in-town candidates,” three were from elsewhere in North Carolina, two were from Virginia, and one was from South Carolina.

Out of that pool, five final candidates have been chosen. They will be interviewed by a panel consisting of Cramer, Assistant Town Manager Ed Parvin, Human Resources Director Holly Brooks, Fire Chief Alan Griffin and Topsail Beach Police Chief Sam Gervase, who will be representing law enforcement interests.

The interviews will take place the last week of August. The group of five includes both local and non-local applicants. According to Cramer, a final decision is expected by the first week of September.

The Carolina Beach Police Department has been without a permanent head since the former chief, Kenneth Hinkle, was suspended on April 15 and eventually fired on May 8 of this year due to insubordination and personnel issues. Hinkle filed an appeal, but it was denied. Capt. Harry Humphries has been acting chief in the interim.

Hannah Leyva is a reporter for Port City Daily. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @Hannah_PCD.