MINT HILL, N.C. -- Mint Hill Police Chief Brian Barnhardt has been suspended, and town leaders are remaining silent as to why.
The chief since the department’s inception in 2003, Barnhardt was suspended Tuesday night for what has been described as a ‘personnel matter’.
Mint Hill Town Manager Brian Welch has not had much to say about his decision, which surprised members of the force and members of the Town Commission, who had good things to say about Barnhardt.
Town Commission member Lloyd Austin said, with Barnhardt at the helm of the town’s police department, break-ins are down, protection is up and residents are happy with community policing.
Austin also said the chief has done a great job and has a clean record.
The suspension allows Barnhardt to stay on the payroll while an investigation is completed. Austin said he hopes the situation will resolve itself soon.
Capt. Scott Hall is taking over for now. Austin said the department’s service will not be impacted by the suspension, and that it has nothing to do with recent high-profile chases and wrecks in Mint Hill.