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First female Cary police chief reaches last day on the job

Posted July 31, 2015

Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore

— After nearly 30 years in law enforcement, Cary Chief of Police Patricia Bazemore will step away Friday.

Bazemore, 53, told WRAL News that in retirement she plans to focus on time with family, travel and volunteer work.

When Bazemore was named chief in 2008, she was the first woman to hold that post in Cary. She was also the department’s first female lieutenant, captain, major and deputy chief.

When Bazemore joined the department in 1986, there were 31 staff members serving the town’s population of about 32,000. Today, Cary has 153,000 residents and a police department with 230 employees.

The town is conducting a national search for a new police chief. So far, they have not named a replacement.


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  • Janet Scott Jul 31, 2015
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    The town will really miss this fine lady. Thanks for everything! You are the best!!

  • Elizabeth Anne Wells Jul 31, 2015
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    Wow, Pat!!! First, Dave Wulff and now you. We all started about the same time. I am really going to miss you. Your replacement will have some big shoes to fill. I hope they are half as nice and compassionate as you are. Thanks for all you did on behalf of the citizens of Cary. My time is coming soon too. Enjoy your retirement. God bless.

  • Kevin O'Donnell Jul 31, 2015
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    Congrats Chief.

    Wow, retirement at 53. Sounds nice. Enjoy!!

  • Edward Anderson Jul 31, 2015
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    Congratulations and best wishes for your retirement.