Attention is being called down to North Carolina as Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson and his entire police department resigns after hiring its new Black town manager back in June 2022.
Entire North Carolina Police Department Resigns After A Black Town Manager Is Hired
It’s reported that Kenly will soon be without full-time police officers allegedly due to its new town manager Justine Jones, who officers claim is creating a “stressful” and “hostile” work environment.
In his resignation letter, Chief Gibson says that “I have truly enjoyed working for The Town the last four years. Due to the current situations and the stress in the work area lately, my main concern is my health, and right now I need to focus on my wellbeing. The work area is very hostile and I will not let myself be around that kind of atmosphere.”
Apparently, he and the department’s four full-time officers put in their two weeks notice. While Chief Gibson turned his letter into Jones, the others sent theirs to the chief.
Officer G.W. Strong sent in a resignation of their own as well. Strong wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I take this action. I have been with the town since 2004 and fully expected to finish my law enforcement career with the Town of Kenly. Unfortunately, there are decisions being made that jeopardize my safety and make me question what the future will hold for a Kenly Police Officer.”
Another employee, Sharon Evans, who works as the town clerk, wrote in her resignation letter about the environment being “stressful.”
Evans wrote, “I will be retiring sooner than I had planned. This is my two weeks notice as of today. I can no longer work under the stress.”
A third employee, Christy Thomas, who works as the utility clerk for the town of Kenly, took to her resignation letter to also speak about “stress” and how her health is her main concern.
Thomas wrote, “I have truly enjoyed working for The Town the last four years. Due to the current situations and the stress in the work area lately, my main concern is my health, and right now I need to focus on my wellbeing. The work area is very hostile and I will not let myself be around that kind of atmosphere.”
The town’s attorney Chip Hewett says he’s never seen anything like this in the 25+ years of him representing cities.
Who is Kenly’s New Town Manager Justine Jones?
Celebrating her new position, the Town of Kenly released a press release in June and said: “Justine Jones has dedicated her career to public service over the last 16 years during which she worked in progressively responsible positions with local governments in Minnesota, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. She began her municipal career as the Executive Assistant to the City Manager and National Urban Fellow in the City of Norfolk, Virginia.”
Elsewhere, it also reported that Jones sued her previous employer in Richland County, SC for gender and racial discrimination after a 2015 firing. She ended up voluntarily withdrawing her suit.