According to reports, an entire police department in North Carolina resigned in protest of a new town manager hired.
Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson spoke on the matter via Facebook, saying town manager Justine Jones has created a “hostile work environment.” Gibson went on to say he and other co-workers including a key clerk and assistant town manager joined him and five officers in resigning as a form of protest.
“I have put in my 2 weeks notice along with the whole police dept.,” said Gibson. He continued, “In my 21 years at the Kenly Police Department, we have seen ups and downs. But, especially in the last 3 years, we have made substantial progress that we had hoped to continue. However, due to the hostile work environment now present in the Town of Kenly, I do not believe progress is possible.” Jones declined to speak on the gesture by Gibson, saying she’s “not at liberty to talk because of a personnel matter.”
With the resignation of the entire police department, it was noted Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell would have deputies “stepping up” to cover the lack of police in Kenly.