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Kenly fires police lieutenant

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KENLY — Town officials have fired Kenly police Lt. Casey Jones following an investigation into his conduct, Town Manager Michael Douglas said last week.

“Due to the results of an independent investigation, Mr. Jones was dismissed from the Kenly Police Department for failing to follow proper policies and procedures,” Douglas said on Oct. 7.

The investigation Douglas cited is separate from a State Bureau of Investigation probe. It isn’t clear whether the two inquires are parallel investigations into similar matters.

Kenly Town Councilman Trinity Henderson previously posted on Facebook that an investigation is examining “possible falsified police reports and illegal searches.”

“The administrative investigation had nothing to do with falsifying reports or illegal searches,” Douglas said. “All questions related to the SBI investigation should be referred to the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office or the SBI office.”

Douglas confirmed last week that one Kenly police officer had been placed on administrative leave. The town manager initially withheld the officer’s name but was prepared to release it before announcing Jones’ dismissal.

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.

The Kenly Town Council met for more than an hour in an emergency closed session on Sept. 19 to discuss the SBI inquiry. No action was taken after the closed session.