Kenly, NC, Police Chief Josh Gibson and all his full-time officers resigned on Wednesday. The town is left with three part-time officers to run the rest of the department, serving a population of about 2,000.
Gibson told WRAL News that even before the resignations, the police force was short-staffed, down from a norm of eight officers to five.
Two town clerks also submitted letters of resignation, leaving Kenly down seven full-time positions.
The letters, obtained by WRAL News, hint at a hostile work environment since the hiring of a new town manager.
Gibson served as Kenly's police chief for 21 years.