Nags Head police chief on paid leave over assault charge

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WAVY) – Nags Head’s officials placed the town’s police chief on paid leave following an assault charge Friday morning.

Kevin Brinkley’s arrest stems from accusations that he assaulted his wife Nov. 28. The town put him on leave the next day until the investigation is complete.

Tom Gilliam, the deputy police chief, will head the department during Brinkley’s absence.

“[Brinkley]’s been forthright and cooperative throughout the investigation,” said town manager Cliff Ogburn in a statement. “I have full confidence that the judicial system will provide the truth in this matter.”

The town’s full statement:

On November 28, deputies with the Currituck County Sheriff’s office charged Police Chief Kevin Brinkley with simple assault.Chief Brinkley has provided excellent service to the citizens of Nags Head since his hiring in September 1990. In September 2009, he was promoted to police chief, overseeing 22 law enforcement officers. He has exemplified high standards of integrity and honesty in all areas of his service. “I am confident in Chief Brinkley’s ability to maintain Nags Head’s superior standards in his work performance,” said Nags Head Town Manager Cliff Ogburn. “Chief Brinkley called me immediately about what occurred; he’s been forthright and cooperative throughout the investigation. The chief has maintained open communication with the Town in a professional manner and I have full confidence that the judicial system will provide the truth in this matter.”

Pat Hudspeth, Brinkley’s attorney, released a statement Sunday afternoon saying  Brinkley denies “the false and unfounded allegations against him.”

“He takes very seriously his duty to follow the same laws he is sworn to uphold and enforce,” Hudspeth said in the release. “We are completely confident that Mr. Brinkley will be absolved of these unsubstantiated allegations.”

Hudspeth’s full statement:

Mr. Brinkley adamantly denies the false and unfounded allegations against him, and he takes very seriously his duty to follow the same laws he is sworn to uphold and enforce. Mr. Brinkley has cooperated fully with the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Nags Head, and he will continue to do so throughout the legal process. We are completely confident that Mr. Brinkley will be absolved of these unsubstantiated allegations.

Brinkley has been police chief since 2009.

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