Kernersville, NC -- A former Triad police chief could be someone you see the next time you visit a North Carolina beach area town.
Tuesday, Frank Rush the Town Manager for Emerald Isle, NC confirmed to WFMY News 2 that Kenneth Gamble is one of five finalists for the open police chief position.
Gamble's name is familiar to most people in the Triad because he is the former Kernersville police chief. Gamble resigned from the position on March 18. According to a news release from the Town of Kernersville, Gamble cited a difference in leadership and management style that's incompatible with the Town Manager and the vision of the board's department for moving ahead for the reasons he's stepping down.
WFMY News 2 obtained emails between Chief Gamble and town leaders. The emails revealed that the town manager and council had placed Gamble on six months probation starting February 15, 2013.
The emails also revealed the town of Kernersville gave police department employees a morale survey that came back negative. Gamble developed an action plan and timeline for more staff training, salary increases, hiring positions and updating police gear. However an email from Gamble to town leaders said they didn't give him enough time or support to carry out the changes.
That's not the only controversy that Gamble was involved with during his job as chief. In July of 2012 he was placed on leave while an investigation was conducted into what happened when he hit two suspects on the side of the road.
The suspects were being detained after a pursuit by other Kernersville Officers on July 15. The men were handcuffed on the side of I-40 Business when Gamble hit them with his patrol car.
Rush said he plans to announce the final candidate for the position in the next couple of weeks.