“For me, this was a dream come true and even better than I imagined,” Jaynes said. “There are so many talented people in the Kinston Police Department and it made my job easier. I spent the majority of my career — 20-plus years — in Durham, and moving to a different environment can be intimidating, but the officers, city officials and community took so much pressure off of me.
“The focus now is finding the right people, not just in my seat — we have one major also retiring — and need to fill two positions there. I will be forever thankful to Kinston and the city manager for giving me the opportunity and allowing the Kinston Police Department to implement our vision.”
Sears said the department will do its best to find a replacement to keep Kinston moving forward.
“There’s a couple of different processes, and there’s no telling which one we’ll use,” Sears said. “In my career, I’ve hired two police chiefs and we’ll do whatever’s best for the current situation.”
Junious Smith III contributed to this story.