Lumberton to swear in (another) new police chief

By HASKEL BURNS,

Interim chief Adam Jones to take the reins

The Lumberton Police Department seems to be righting the ship, with a new police chief to hopefully close the recent revolving door of that position.

The Lumberton Board of Aldermen voted last week to name Adam Jones, who has been serving as interim chief, as new chief of the department. The vote was 4-0, with Alderman Johnny Buckley absent from the meeting.

“Since officer Jones started, it seems like it’s been one major issue after another taking place at the Lumberton Police Department,” Ward 3 Alderman Jonathan Griffith said. “He has handled each of those instances with professionalism, and he’s willing to get out in the community.

“He’s been very good about giving a schedule, trying to get our fleet up to date, and working to get officers trained. So we just felt that he would be a good fit for the department.”

Although an exact date has yet to be set, Jones is expected to be sworn in within the next few days.

Jones was named interim chief in late March, following the resignation of then-interim chief Larry Allen. Griffith said there was no reason given for Allen’s resignation, although the board had been informed that some police body cameras had gone missing.

Allen had served in the interim position since August, when then-chief Carlus Page was removed as chief and re-classified as a police officer. Page was sworn in as chief about four months before that, when former chief Shane Flynt resigned after a video surfaced of him reportedly smoking marijuana.