Killeen: City Council approves new police chief

Charles Kimble. (File)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX)

The Killeen City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Charles Kimble as the city’s new police chief.

Kimble accepted a conditional offer of employment late last month to start in September, succeeding Chief Dennis Baldwin.

The feedback I received from the interview panels and the public confirmed my belief that Charles Kimble is the right leader for our Police Department,” City Manager Ron Olson said.

“I have high expectations for what he will add to our organization, and I look forward to bringing him onboard.”

Kimble has more than 25 years of law enforcement experience.

He served with the Fayetteville, N.C., Police Department for 20 years, the final five as assistant police chief.

He is currently the police chief for the town of Spring Lake, N.C.

“My family is excited about transitioning from one great military community in Fayetteville to another in Killeen,” Kimble said.

“I am honored and humbled to be selected to be a member of this great organization.”

Baldwin served as interim city manager in October 2016, and was appointed assistant city manager in February 2017.

Assistant Police Chief Margaret Young assumed the role of interim chief in October 2016, but did not seek the permanent position.

She will continue in the interim capacity until the new chief begins employment.