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Harrison Makes Changes To Wake Sheriff's Office

Posted April 2, 2003

— When Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison took office in December, he promised to reorganize the office within 120 days. He made good on that promise with a new plan that transfers 67 people to different positions.

The plan also combines patrol units which, in turn, allows more flexibility in scheduling and ultimately puts more deputies the road.

"If there's a peak time, we need more deputies we can set our schedule accordingly, so that will put more deputies in the area and reduce response time," Harrison said.

The plan calls for hiring 30 new deputies and detention officers. Jail administrators say the new positions will help take pressure off of overworked staff.

"People are not going to be so stressed by working overtime. Their family life can get back to normal and all of that is good for people's mental health," jail director Frank Gunter said.

"You can't make everybody happy, but I've got to look at it from a sheriff's office standpoint, what is best for the citizens of Wake County," Harrison said. "I think that by doing the things that we've done and listening to the senior staff, I'm happy with it."

The job changes take effect on Wednesday. The new hires will also be sworn in Wednesday.

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