by Sam Hieb
As usually is the case with police personnel matters, nobody’s talking about former Kernerville Police Chief Ken Gamble’s resignation earlier this week.
And info from theWinston-Salem Journal’s public information request doesn’t provide much insight, only to highlight the apparent rift between Gamble and some of his officers, with Town Manager Curtis Swisher acting as the arbiter.
However there is this:
Town officials announced in a news release that Gamble had resigned, after nearly 20 years with the police department, citing a “leadership and management style that is incompatible with the town manager and the board’s vision for the department moving forward.”
Kernersville Mayor Dawn Morgan said she could not comment. She said the board of aldermen has no role in hiring and firing decisions of department heads; that authority belongs to Swisher under the town’s charter, she said.
“It’s to keep the politics out of employment decisions,” she said.
Help me out here but it seems like Morgan’s comments contradict the town’s statement, considering the fact that the board evidently has some sort of vision for the police department moving forward.