CHERRYVILLE, N.C. -- R.C. Jenks might have the most difficult job in law enforcement. The 31-year-old 12-year veteran of the Cherryville Police Department has been appointed interim chief.
"It is kind of consuming a lot of stuff being put on your plate. I look forward to the opportunity," said Jenks.
His department has been embroiled in a scandal with FBI agents arresting several officers and accusing them of participating in a protection racket.
They allegedly took money to guard stolen goods as they crossed Gaston County.
"I don’t know how long it will take to regain the public's trust, but I hope they will keep an open mind and once it’s all said and done I hope they will have faith in us," said the interim chief.
Jenks acknowledges his department has a hill to climb to regain the public’s confidence.
He says everything will be looked at to make sure this does not happen again.
"We’re coming in fresh, clean slate. We’re starting this thing from the ground up. We’re going to be in a rebuilding phase," said Jenks.
He believes that once the court cases are settled and the investigation is finished that public trust will return.
"We will know the people who are left standing here are good employees and good officers. I believe we can work through this," Jenks added.