Silverhill hires Daphne PD veteran Kenneth Hempfleng as new chief


SILVERHILL, Alabama — The town of Silverhill announced Tuesday the hiring of Daphne veteran police officer Kenneth Hempfleng as its new chief of police.

According to a post on the town’s Facebook page, Hempfleng is a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, who most recently served the city of Daphne for 30 years; he served as a lieutenant in the support service division and patrol division.

He is a graduate of the Southwest Police Academy, as well as a 2016 graduate of the FBI National Academy. Also in 2016, he became an Alabama Certified Law Enforcement Executive.

Hempfleng will begin work on Monday, July 22.

“We are excited about Chief Hempfleng coming on board with us and are thrilled about the future of our department,” according to the post. “He brings a wealth of experience, and will be a huge asset to our department, and our community.”

The town had been acting with an interim chief since the resignation of Michael Taylor on March 4. Taylor served as acting chief following the resignation of Kevin Brock in January of 2018 until he was appointed to take over the position on a part-time basis in September.

Sgt. John Branscomb, who also served as the department’s School Resource Officer, was appointed to serve as acting chief following Taylor’s resignation, but resigned the position on June 3, announcing that he had accepted a position with the Elberta Police Department.

Sgt. Daniel Boutwell, who is also a certified SRO, served as acting chief following Branscomb’s resignation.

The town has also been advertising for a second SRO officer.

In addition to the chief, at full strength the town employs four full-time officers and four reserve officers.