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Hillsborough police chief resigning to focus on Orange sheriff bid

Posted March 23, 2010

— Hillsborough Police Chief Clarence Birkhead will step down on April 2 to "devote all of my energies to my campaign," according to portions of his resignation letter released by the town on Tuesday.

Birkhead, 49, is a candidate for Orange County sheriff. He has been Hillsborough’s police chief since July 5, 2005, and previously spent 17 years with Duke University's police.

In Hillsborough, Birkhead supervises 32 employees and a $2.4 million budget in fiscal year 2010. He earns an annual salary of $92,751, according to a news release from the town.

“For almost five years I have been devoted to the service of the Town of Hillsborough and its citizens,” Birkhead wrote. “During my tenure, the Police Department has markedly improved its service to our citizens. We have experienced successes in all areas of police service. I am confident that I leave the department in a strong position for continued success and excellent service under the leadership of my successor.”

Town Manager Eric Peterson said he hopes to name an interim chief by early next week.

Replacing a department-head level position typically takes about six months, town officials said. The process is lengthy due to the need to develop a selection process, advertise the position, screen applicants, conduct interviews and perform background investigations.


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  • Common Sense Man Mar 24, 2010

    "Lindey has ushered the sheriffs department into modern times with equipment and personnel."

    LOL! Now that's funny! They are the ONLY agency in the county without 800MHZ radios. Sad. And that's just the beginning.....

  • tatermommy52 Mar 23, 2010

    Lindey has ushered the sheriffs department into modern times with equipment and personnel.

  • garnertoy Mar 23, 2010

    sounds like andy and barney delivering groceries to emma watson

  • Raleigh Boys Mar 23, 2010

    The one thing that I found the most interesting to hear, is why does Lindy use the deputies as mail delivery boys to the commissioners? The patrol vehicles are going to commissioner houses several times a week to deliver the mail and other information packets. How much tax payer money is wasted? Is this a scratch my back and I will scratch your back political game? I would hate to see a 911 call miss catching a bank robber because the closet patrol car was being used to deliver a box of paper to a commissioner's home. Can anyone confirm this is actually happening, and how often?

  • drh3102 Mar 23, 2010

    Buddy, is Buddy Parker running again? Guess he never gets tired of throwing his hat in to the ring. He has about the chance as being the Sheriff as the town clown!

  • alwaysconcernedmom Mar 23, 2010

    He may have been at Duke for 17 years but he was NOT the chief of police at Duke for 17 years! Wral needs to get their facts correct.

    I feel sad for the citizens of Orange County if he gets voted in.

  • chfdcpt Mar 23, 2010

    And if history has any say so, he will have a very tough time defeating Lindy.

  • fireman3014 Mar 23, 2010

    The best thing to happen to hillsborough. He was a joke at duke thinking his tale didn't stink and was a womanizer. He treated his officers like trash unless you were a tale kisser or black. My vote will be for william(buddy) parker.

  • copforlife Mar 23, 2010

    I believe this is a matter of "Resign or be fired". The only thing Birkhead has ever been devoted to is Birkhead. Stay tuned.

  • Raleigh Boys Mar 23, 2010

    I wish him success. It is sad to see the staff under Lindy being forced to smile on facebook, giving the illusion that everything is fine and dandy under his anarchy.