Kinston's police chief retiring after three years at the helm

KINSTON, NC (WITN) - One Eastern Carolina city will soon be looking for a new police chief.

Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes will be retiring at the end of the month. "Some of it has to do with the state of Kinston right now. I think we're in a good place," said Chief Jaynes.

Major Tim Dilday will become the interim police chief, but here's still no word who will be chosen to lead the department permanently, but Jaynes said he feels Kinston is in the right place for a change in law enforcement leadership.

Jaynes came to Kinston just three years ago this month from Chapel Hill where he was assistant police chief. He also spent 19 years with the Durham Police Department.

He said, what's made a difference for the city in that time has been an increased focus on building relationships between law enforcement and residents.

Kinston's Mayor Don Hardy said the retirement is surprising, but understandable.

"I was shocked because you know, of course I didn't want him to leave and I still don't want him to leave, but I do understand," Mayor Hardy.

A farewell event for Jaynes is scheduled for August 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Kinston Community Center.

There is no word yet on the selection process for the chief's replacement.