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Kenly Police Chief Fired After Allegations Surface

Posted October 1, 2006

— The town of Kenly's police chief is off the job and under investigation.

Kenly Mayor Tooie Hales confirmed Sunday that David Mangum was fired from his position as the town's police chief. Mangum had been with the Kenly Police Department for six years and served as chief for the past five.

No charges have been filed, but Johnston County District Attorney Tom Lock said Town Manager Scott Shelton contacted the district attorney's office on Friday about allegations of misappropriation of funds involving Mangum. Lock said the allegations had to do with a town credit card, but would not elaborate on the amount of money in question.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been called to assist in the investigation.

"Someone from the SBI will contact me on Monday. In the meantime, we've taken precautions to seal off any records that may be of interest to them," Shelton said Sunday.

The Town Council called an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon to bring the council up to date on what happened with Mangum.

Kenly police Sgt. Josh Gibson will serve as the acting police chief, effective immediately, town officials said.


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