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State Bureau of Investigation probing Kenly Police Department

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KENLY — The Kenly Town Council met in an emergency closed session Thursday to discuss a “personnel matter,” specifically the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s probe of the Kenly Police Department.

Mayor Bonnie Williamson, Town Manager Michael Douglas and the council met for more than an hour. No action was taken after the closed session. Douglas said neither he nor town staff members would have any comment. 

SBI spokeswoman Anjanette Grube confirmed Johnston County District Attorney Susan Doyle and Kenly Police Chief Josh Gibson asked the SBI to conduct an investigation into the department on Sept. 17. 

Neither Grube nor Doyle would comment on the nature of the investigation. 

“Because it is an ongoing investigation, we’re not able to share any additional information at this time,” said Grube.

Kenly Town Councilman Trinity Henderson posted on Facebook that the investigation is examining “possible falsified police reports and illegal searches.” No one involved in the investigation has confirmed that claim. 

Douglas has not yet disclosed whether any Kenly police officers have been placed on administrative leave. 

State law requires government agencies to provide information on public employees’ promotions, demotions, transfers, suspensions and other disciplinary actions.