Killeen residents will get two chances to meet and talk to the new police chief Monday.

Charles Kimble

Charles Kimble

Killeen police Chief Charles Kimble will be at the monthly District 1 meeting, according to Killeen’s District 1 Councilwoman Shirley Fleming. That meeting will be at K-Town Coffee Bean, 110 S. Fort Hood St., at 11 a.m.

Neighborhood captains will talk about what methods are being used to fight and prevent crime in the district, located in north Killeen, Fleming said.

Later that night, he’ll be at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center at 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive. That meet-and-greet is sponsored by the Killeen Police Department Law Enforcement Assistance Fund, and will go from 6 to 8 p.m., police said.

Kimble comes to Killeen with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience. He took over from Interim Police Chief Margaret Young on Sept. 1.

Kimble is the first permanent police chief since Dennis Baldwin left in October 2016 to become the interim city manager. Baldwin is now the assistant city manager.

Kimble served with the Fayetteville Police Department in North Carolina for 20 years. He spent the final five as the assistant police chief. His most recent job was as the police chief for the town of Spring Lake, North Carolina.

Fayetteville has a population of about 200,000, and Spring Lake has a population of about 13,000.

Both cities are near Fort Bragg, an Army post with about the same number of troops as Fort Hood.

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(18) comments

Car1957

@ eyewatchingu
You need a hug. I know more than you might think I do. I just choose to see the world through a positive open minded point of view. Chief Kimble isn't going anywhere. He is going to do good things. The police department is doing just fine. And I will not let some of you disparage this man that wants to serve the community in this position. Do you need a hug?

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Real police can carry, citizens with a license can carry, retired real police can carry. Pretend police can't carry. Does the unlicensed pretend police chief carry a firearm?

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Is the Pretend Chief licensed yet, or is he still fake police, not real police? I still prefer real police.

eyewatchingu

@carl1957 Sorry to burst your bubble, a Police Chief is more then just a paper pusher. The man I call my Father was a Chief of Police! He patrolled, he also was a one of the few men that when a stand off or something like that happened was called to respond as a sniper basically to remove the threat. Back in the 80's when we didn't allow people to get away with dumb shit.
Even the Chief of police of Cincy now, patrols, and writes tickets, makes arrest along with paper work.
All officers do paper work. What is funny is you have no clue what the true duties are of a Chief of Police. As A child I was lucky, my mother owned a pizza place that all the officers stopped by, I poured their coffee, made their lunch and even got up early to open the doors and make breakfast for the morning shift. When they went on strike in Cincy during the 80's they held their meetings at my mother pizza place, I poured their coffee and served them food, and at the same time got to hear first hand what they did and what they needed. The Naacp came in and tried to ruin the Cincy police dept, we lost many good officers because of it. Naacp tied the officers hands and in doing so many man good man gave their lives.
I was raised by a whole Dist of Police officers, they came to my Birthday parties at my mothers restaurant, even drove me to school when I was running let because I made breakfast for them, they watched over me as if I was one of their own.
I will not stand by and watch this bull shit happen to any Police Dept, this has become a joke and one that is going to put many officers in harms way.
I doubt you have never attended a Police Officers Funereal, I was a just a young teen ager when I attended my first one. It was something I never wanted to again in my life.

@carl1957 Maybe you should work on teaching the youth in our community to respect the rules and laws which our country is built on, teach the children to stop when told to, to have respect for the uniform. Teach the youth of our city to respect others property, stand when the national anthem is played.

I for one want a real officer in this position, I want to sleep at night and feel safe when I go out. Kimble needs to go asap, before the end of the year so next year we can actually have someone in place working for the greater good of all our citizens a Officer that will not do photo opts and public stunts. A true Top Cop, One that will proudly wear the uniform and walk a beat if he needs to.

KPD Deserves better! Vote those out that hired him, as they are the true reason our city is failing. They are just to lazy to learn the rules, laws and regulations to run a city.

Car1957

@Mr Alvin
With due respect there is nothing wrong with hiring an executive from another state to a position such as fire chief, police chief, or even city manager. Cities do this quite often. The police chief is a leader and a manager; not a first line responder. City leaders know this. This is why the choice was made knowing that it might take six months to a year for the chief to acquire Texas certification; something he may never actually need in the performances of his duties as an administrator and police chief. Some you guys are looking for something to be upset about. I will defend the chief every time I see you all disparaging him. Good Luck chief. Focus on the positive.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

I forgot. Silly me, in KILLeen you can be a THIEF without a degree or a license. I know SEVEN thieves. Do U know any thieves?

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

@eyewatchingu, spot on as usual.
@THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME, thank you for helping me understand the issue with an UNLICENSED, pretend police. I prefer REAL POLICE, but that's me.
@Alvin, always spouting knowledge, thank you.
@wilyoldvet69, check on the slumlord and truth killer.

All I can say is, how do you get a job without holding the proper licenses?
Then I must ask, does the PRETEND police chief (as THUG calls him) carry a handgun on duty or off?
I'm not a REAL police.
I was a real federal agent.
I'm now a retired federal agent.
I can carry, if I want to carry with my retired credential.
Is that how someone carries, using a retired police credential?
Otherwise, the only two ways to lawfully carry is being active REAL police, or with a TX handgun license to carry.
To get the Texas license requires lots of hours and training, which certain people seem unwilling to do, preferring to backslap, handshake, meet, greet, and smile purty for the cameras.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

CORRECTION: I do live in Texas, happily. I was BORN in Texas, and the army took me away for a few years. I did, at one time, live in Killeen. Thanks to the Lord for getting me out, like Loses did for the Jews. I live in the promised land, Texas, nearby to Killeen, just NOT in Killeen, which does have THREE letters in that place where I don't wish to go in my hereafter.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Delusions will induce people to do many things. Some people are so deluded they walk around with their right hand in their chest, wearing a funny little hat claiming to be the deceased Emperor of France, Napoleon. Others are so deluded and deranged, they post to online sites defaming the lawfully elected President of the United States, calling him names, while claiming you can be a Chief of Police in Texas without being licensed. Fact: I don't live in Killeen. Fact: I was smart enough to get out of Killeen and now live in a safe, strife free location, absent crime and corruption. Thank you Lord. Fact: I am a lawyer. I am licensed in ten states as well as before the federal bar. I am not licensed in Texas, because I never practiced law in Texas. I am happily retired. If I still lived in Texas I'd file several federal lawsuits against a city that hires unlicensed people, buys churches to help build a new church, and does many other UNUSUAL things. Summation: I am a lawyer. I am licensed in 10 states, and before the federal bench. I am not licensed in Texas, and I DON'T practice law in Texas. I am still a lawyer, and could practice law if I wanted to do so by simply paying a fee and requesting a judge allow me to practice for a certain case "pro hac vice". Will I attempt to do so? I'm thinking about becoming licensed to file a lawsuit to get to the bottom of how an UNLICENSED person becomes a POLICE CHIEF in a Texas city of 125,000 people.

One must be a LICENSED peace officer, federal agent, military police officer (on official business) to carry a handgun in Texas, Does the PRETEND POLICE CHIEF, the unlicensed dude pretending to be chief in Killeen carry a handgun? Does he possess a Texas carry permit, or does he gold ANY TECLOSE certification?

I KNOW not to practice law in Texas with my IA, MI, TN, etc... law licenses unless I apply for trial by trial "pro hac vice". Maybe the PRETEND chief has "pro hac vice" CHIEF licensure?????

eyewatchingu

@Alvin wow
I guess if we don't like someone, its automatically assumed its because of skin color! WOW I guess we see who the real racist is, it seems to be the person kissing azz to a man that is far from qualified for the position.

@thug, your right, this man spent 6 month doing nothing but photo ops in Spring lake and the pattern is still showing it's self here. See what he is and his followers are doing are trying to set him up so he can run for office. He is a supporter of the BLM and belongs to other groups that are intent on hateing white people for something that happened so long ago. These group do nothing but look at skin color, these are the types of group that teach racist values and views.
Did you the NAACP in Cali is going to change the national anthem, so it is not so offensive to black people.
Personally this and there way of thinking has become oppressive to the American way of life and is a hate crime towards whites.
@carl1957 Please keep your name calling to your self and stop labeling people racist as it is you that seems to have hate towards white people. I feel sorry for you, if you have not grown up enough in your life to stop hating and move on. Maybe one day you will understand not everyone is a racist if they don't agree with you. Stop look at your own skin color and others skin color first and just maybe you will become a better person inside.

Fact are facts, this man is not qualified for the job, under texas law lying on a job app can put you in jail, that is a fact as well.

wilyoldvet69

The people of District 1 should not only grill the new police "Chief" but that district slumlord and check collector Shirley Fleming as well.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@Car1957: T borrow a phrase from @eyewatchingu: 'Wow'.

I would just like to say that in this town of Killeen, Texas, that has hid everything from the public view, and had a city accept then turn down the job,in public view then has a city council, or should I say 'a mini 4 vote of the city council which dominates because a 4 vote is all that this required, proceed to continue contact with the city a potential city city manager, in total secrecy out of the view of the citizens view, until after they had gotten this city manager to accept, and only then did they boldly announce that 'the new city manager had accepted the assignment.

Not only that, the new city manager, upon assuming his role, dutifully reported 'that there was nothing that could be done about the contracts this city council agreed to, that 'it would be too expensive to fight so we should just accept it, and then this manager announced that he was instituting a policy in that the council should vote on what was to be placed before the council before it was to initialized, but there never was a vote to accept this arrangement, just instituted the policy, and when it was found out that I member of the council would be unavailable for the meeting, went ahead with the voting procedure, which resulted in a tie vote in which the honorable mayor voted in the negative to break the tie which nullified the proposal to 'stop the wheels that had been placed in motion to give the citizens a chance to again look at what had been proposed to this city'. And by the same token this city introduced a motion to adopt a 'super majority' on matters of consequence, but again that never was given to the city council in a motion to accept or reject, only talked about.

This has never come up for a vote along with the announcement that the KEDC put in motion and signed a contract with a chemical company that this city was obligated to enforce, but not before some of the city council members were even made aware of it, and when a forum was completed over 100 of this city's citizen's were critical of this venture, no vote of the 'in session' city council was ever conducted, they, the KEDC just plowed ahead with their own plans for this city.

And then the quest for a new police chief was introduced, the city manager interviewed I believe it was 6 potential candidates, of which 3 of the potential candidates were from the state of Texas, but this city manager chose instead the candidate from the Carolina's in which the successful candidate was not eligible for assuming the role of chief of police due to law requirements, This individual was elevated in his monetary reward from I think it was around $70,000.00 per year to something in excess of $130,000.00 per year and he can't even arrest someone in his capacity as the chief of Police of Killeen, Texas.

And there are many other instances that comes to light as a city manager/city council type of city management, IE: 'secret and closed door sessions of this city administration group.

Lack of transparency is one that comes to mind. Cancellation of the contractual contract between the KEDC and the city council is another, and the fact that the KEDC has selected as a board of Directors 3 city council persons of the 9 Directors, which in essence gives the KEDC a substantial membership as it only takes a 4th member to allow this KEDC the rights and privileges to assume a leadership role in regard to this city's operations by allowing the KEDC the right to operate and maintain a position of authority without having to ask this prevailing city council for anything regarding the obligation's to this city without ever having to go before the council. This is not right in regard to a quorum of only 4 members can over-ride any council vote as there are 3 out the council filling seats on the KEDC board, in which it is the opinion of this writer that this should not continue. Either nullify any vote that comes up that is for anything that is for, to, or about the KEDC operation in which only a maximum of at least two of the seven seats would remain in which case a 5 seat majority would be in order to vote, or a the city manager has introduced a super majority would be in order in all matters pertaining to the city council thus negating the simple majority as it stands now.

This should be introduced at the next council meeting with the 2 council persons and the mayor negated from voting as it would not be in order for these individuals to cast a vote neither for or against this motion, they should abstain.

And as to your comment @car1957: just how many people do you think would be in favor if all of the facts were to come out, 5 %,10% 50 % or 100 %???? This could be a poll question of how many would be in favor of this Police Chief if the facts were known as to the machinations that were involved in his selection???? What would be your answer over 'many would be glad to have him'????

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

Car1957

Are you guys overly influenced by the entertainer and chief – thinking that name calling and doubting others based on emotions and prejudice is clever? Drain the swamp; unlicensed police chief; etc. He is your police chief. He will be for some time to come. Go ahead and get up the mornings and go bed at night angry about something you cannot control. Go ahead; hail to the new chief! Many are very glad to have him.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

@ Thugnificent Killed Me: I believe you have hit the nail on the head, 'only in Killeen does one seem to get ahead by doing practically nothing but sitting still and drawing his pay check. And I have to marvel at the workings of this city manager and the assistant city manager who seem to move through this city without any assistance at all. This city needs to drain the swamp, but it ain't happening until this city gets rid of the mini forum that is holding court now.

What about the KEDC that can collect money from this city, can move independently, can move without direction and even have contractual arrangements without going to the city council for proper authorization, because they have the mini forum in their pocket, and so on, and so on, and so on.

What happened to the 'agreed upon announced city council meeting agenda that never was???? It appears to have been delayed, again. Why????

It appears to this writer that this is a rudderless city administrative group that takes action when the mood strikes them, or maybe should be a change in course in the operation of this city administrative management group, one in which actions can take place in an open session of this city council instead of 'hiding their candle behind closed secretive meetings. This city needs to 'drain the swamp'.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
One of the 4.58 % who voted.

eyewatchingu

wow, stop calling him a chief of police, he has not finished the requirements.
No wonder are city is falling between the cracks or should I say quacks.
I believe he might be a good human, what I don't believe is he in any way shape or form someone able or capable to be a top cop, when he himself didn't even understand the state of TX rules and regulations, which were and are laid out the TX police website. That leads me to believe that he will not finish the jobs he start as he did in Spring lake nor will he actually do anything about the crime.
That would be like a child turning in half of a home work assignment because they were to lazy to actually read the directions.

SnowWhiteNthe7Thieves

Can't be a teacher unless ou got that degree and that Texas teacher license.
Can't be a nurse without a degree and Texas nursing license, LPN, RN.
But in KILLeen I guess you can be anything the city says you are, even a chief, maybe a mayor.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

The new UNLICENSED Chief of Police of the KILLeen Police Department shouldn't be wasting time handshaking, backslapping, drinking coffee, or jaw jacking. The UNLICENSED person posing as a KILLeen's Police Chief should be spending every available hour studying for his certification to become REAL POLICE, not PRETEND POLICE. Until the person is licensed, the city that never says NO to a scam or a con has no police chief. Is a person without a TX license to practice law, a lawyer? Is a physician UNLICENSED in Texas able to practice medicine in KILLeen? How about a teacher licensed in Idaho, but unlicensed in Texas, can he receive teacher pay in KISD? No, but some dude from NC can get CHIEF pay in Killeen, but can't do CHIEF work. Only in KILLeen does this bizarre stuff happen....

wilyoldvet69

You are spot on. Only in Killeen brother, only in KILLeen!

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