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Deputy chief to lead Durham Police Department when Lopez retires

Posted December 1, 2015

Deputy Chief Larry Smith shows a young boy his police radio at a National Night Out event in Durham.
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— Deputy Chief Larry Smith, a 27-year veteran of the Durham Police Department, will serve as interim police chief beginning Jan. 1, the city announced Tuesday.

Smith will take over for Jose Lopez, who is retiring Dec. 31.

“Deputy Chief Smith’s 27 years of service to the police department as well as to the Durham community makes him an excellent choice to serve in the interim chief position as recruitment begins for a new police chief,” Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield said in a statement. “Smith is a well-respected leader in the department, and I’m happy that he was willing to provide continuity until a new police chief is named.”

Smith, a Durham native and graduate of Northern High School, has spent his entire career at the Durham Police Department, rising through the ranks from uniform patrol, special operations, captain of District 2, and assistant chief of investigative services. He was named deputy chief of operations in July 2012.

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  • Joseph Mallard Dec 2, 2015
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    You are wrong also Libby. I do not live in Cary. In fact, I could count the times that I have even been to Cary, on one hand. Not sure why you are so resentful of me, but I wont lose any sleep over your opinion.

  • Joseph Mallard Dec 2, 2015
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    Sorry slick. You are wrong on both accounts. First, you can go to the city clerk and obtain a copy of the report, although you won't. Second, this was at a Holiday Inn. I wouldn't call them a
    "run down hotel".

  • Ray Rivera Dec 1, 2015
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    Good job Chief Lopez, this isn't Park Street or Albany Avenue but you did well, despite the politics. Enjoy retirement, go cycling, read books; maybe teach a few classes at the local community college.

  • Mark Colyer Dec 1, 2015
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    ...Libb Libby Libby on the label...Guessing you have never been to Cary?

  • Gerald Elliott Dec 1, 2015
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    You could not have picked a finer person. Larry is a great person and a great leader. Congrats my friend.