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Fayetteville police chief to retire

Posted January 2, 2012
Updated January 3, 2012

— Chief Tom Bergamine will retire from the Fayetteville Police Department in July, according to a memo he sent to City Manager Dale Iman on Friday.

Bergamine has served as chief since April 2007. He joined the department in 1978 upon leaving the Army.

"If I wait for things to slow down, when you have that low time, that's never going to happen," he said Tuesday. "In my opinion, it's best to pick the date, stick with that date and move on."

Bergamine was a finalist to be police chief in Kansas City, Mo., in October, but he wasn't selected.

Mayor Tony Chavonne said Monday that he was surprised by the move, and he commended Bergamine for "a wonderful job."

“This will leave a big void, but this gives us an opportunity to come together in what I’m sure will be a nationwide search,” Chavonne said.

Bergamine pointed to his community wellness plan as a hallmark achievement. The Fayetteville City Council has hired more officers and raised their pay in recent years to boost community policing.

Violent crime in the city has dropped considerably in the last two years.

Bergamine said he plans to do volunteer work and spend more time with his wife and two grandchildren.

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  • fayncmike Jan 3, 3:48 p.m.

    "Im so sad to see him leaving! He has done a great job!! Good luck Mr Bergamine!
    SouthernGirlJD"

    You mean like ticketgate and the instance of the EMT ambulance wreck controversy? If you don't remember them I can find the stories for you.

  • SouthernGirlJD Jan 3, 3:22 p.m.

    Im so sad to see him leaving! He has done a great job!! Good luck Mr Bergamine!

  • fayncmike Jan 3, 8:19 a.m.

    "He was a finalist to be police chief in Kansas City, Mo., in October, but he wasn't selected."

    Maybe because we sent story after story about his misconduct to the selection committee in Kansas City? Bergamine isn't working for the city of Fayetteville, he's working for Dale Iman who definitely is in it for himself and his goombahs.

  • boneymaroney13 Jan 2, 7:13 p.m.

    Anytime LEO can make it to retirement - CONGRATULATIONS!!! But, I have another question. Why does an officer retiring 6 months down the road make the news and Durham swearing in a new Sheriff does not? Hmmmmm.

  • thepeopleschamp Jan 2, 6:14 p.m.

    "Bergamine didn't disclose why he decided to step down in six months, other than to note that he had discussed the situation with his wife." wral

    Is he supposed to have a reason? He's worked 33+ years in law enforcement in Fayetteville. That, in itself, is a miracle. Good luck to him and I hope he enjoys not having to deal with the headaches associated with dealing with what he has dealt with over the years.