The embattled Cherryville Police Department named a new acting chief on Monday, according to Interim City Manager Jeff Cash.
Sgt. Det. Cam Jenks, who’s been with the department for more than a decade, will be heading the agency until further notice, a release from Cash announced.
Police Chief Woodrow Burgess and Capt. Mike Allred were suspended from the department last week in connection with a federal investigation that has already charged three Cherryville police officers, one Gaston County Sheriff’s reserve officer and two Cherryville residents with protecting stolen property being transported through the area during the year.
Undercover agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation posed as criminals in the sting and received cash bribes from the local officers in exchange for suspects’ legal authority, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina.
Jenks spoke with the Times-News Monday morning and said he’s “looking forward” to moving forward from the area’s recent drama.
“The city has stood behind us,” he said. “The citizens know that good people are left here to pick up the pieces.”
Jenks said he will continue to work closely with Cash “to the best interest” of the community.
All six men have pleaded not guilty in federal court, and two have been released. The rest remain locked up without bond, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office.
The FBI investigation is ongoing, but it’s uncertain whether more arrests are expected.