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New Police Chief Kemberle Braden to be installed in Friday afternoon ceremony


Fayetteville’s incoming police chief will be installed in a ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday in the City Council chamber in City Hall, according to a news release from the city.

Kemberle Braden, who is currently an assistant police chief, officially assumes the chief’s job on Wednesday. 

Braden joined the Fayetteville Police Department in 1996. Over the past 26 years, he has been promoted through the ranks. He has received several awards, including the Police Purple Heart in 2002 and Officer of the Year in 2002,  the release said. 

“I look forward to continuing to serve this department and the residents of Fayetteville,” Braden said in the news release. “I am particularly excited about the opportunity to positively affect change in our relationship with the community just as the leadership before me has.” 

After a nationwide search to replace retiring Chief Gina Hawkins, City Manager Doug Hewett announced Braden as the new chief on Dec. 28. 

“I anticipate the continuation of great leadership for our Police Department,” said Hewett. “This is a time where our community leaders and officers can expand on the great relationships established over the last few years, and I am confident in Chief-select Braden’s ability to lead effectively and collaboratively.” 

The ceremony will be broadcast on the city’s government access channel FayTV and on Spectrum Channel 7 or FayTV.net

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Fayetteville, police chief, Kemberle Braden