Fuquay-Varina chooses new police chief, a captain from Rocky Mount squad
Posted April 23, 2015
Fuquay-Varina, N.C. — A captain from the Rocky Mount Police Department has been named the new police chief for the Town of Fuquay-Varina, officials announced Thursday.
Laura Fahnestock, who is replacing the retiring Larry Smith, is expected to begin working for Fuquay-Varina on June 1. Town officials said she was selected from a pool of 83 candidates.
“I am very excited and proud that Laura Fahnestock has accepted my offer to be Fuquay-Varina's next police chief. Laura’s 24 years of law enforcement experience and education are impressive, and particularly her leadership experience will add significant value to what is a growing and transforming Fuquay-Varina,” Town Manager Adam Mitchell said in a statement.
Fahnestock currently serves as a captain and division commander over patrol services in Rocky Mount, where she supervises 105 positions.
"The City of Rocky Mount is to be commended for providing Laura with the opportunities to position herself to take on the responsibilities of the police chief position,” Fuquay-Varina Mayor John W. Byrne said in a statement. “Laura brings a record of effective and collaborative leadership and a commitment to innovative policing with a strong emphasis on community policing.”
Fahnestock is a native of Wake County and received an associate's degree in criminal justice from Wake Technical Community College. She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and public policy from N.C. Wesleyan College and a master's of business administration from Northcentral University.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve 24 years in law enforcement in the City of Rocky Mount and to work with the men and women of the Rocky Mount Police Department. I will certainly miss the people here and the community I served throughout the years," she said in a statement. "Becoming a police chief is a professional goal that I have been preparing for over the years. I have a passion for law enforcement and community policing, and I will be focusing on continuing to deliver the highest level of professional policing service to the citizens of Fuquay-Varina.”