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Raleigh's retiring police chief to be honored at public event

Posted September 20, 2012

— The Capital City is honoring Raleigh's retiring police chief Friday, and the public is invited to the celebration.

After 32 years in law enforcement, Police Chief Harry Dolan announced last month that he will step down from the post on Oct. 1,

Dolan, 54, joined the Raleigh Police Department in September 2007, replacing Jane Perlov as police chief.

The police department is hosting a send-off for Dolan from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Fletcher Memorial Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

All are welcome to the free event.

Deputy Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown will serve as interim chief while the department considers a long-term replacement.


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  • Hans Sep 21, 2012

    "People do not realize how difficult a job like that is. For those wondering why they are holding an event to "honor" him, why don't you take a look at places like Durham for some perspective. I did not agree with all his policies but you cannot appeal to 100% of the people in a position like that." - BigOski
    September 21, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    My questioning of the ceremony had more to do with the length of his tenure here. I mean, he was only the chief for 5 years, so it's not like he's some iconic Raleigh figure. Did he do something so extraordinarily wonderful in this time that he deserves a ceremony?

  • nycdetective Sep 21, 2012

    Thanks for your service Chief. Enjoy your retirement.

  • rgm1266 Sep 21, 2012

    copperino: This might be true, but unless you know exactly what was in his contract when he decides to retire, we can only assume he will get some type of severance ALOT bigger anbd better than the average person. I'm not hating!! What really gets irks me is when you hear about all the money problems the city is having and the cutbacks and his grand sendoff and severance, I'm sure his severance could save a few jobs or help with some of the school issues we currently have.

    rpd911...I agree with you 1000%. You have to wonder why does a person leaves a job so often and as many times? And then, the city mgr (Mr. AlleN) hires this guy.

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Sep 21, 2012

    Wow he must have gotten PAID to be able to retire at age 53.

  • rpd911 Sep 21, 2012

    This guy spends like 6 years in Raleigh in the 80s as an officer and thinks so much of himself that he applies for and gets a chief position in Black Mountain area, stays there for a bit (til they tired of him or his contract expired) then goes to Lumberton where he stays for 5 years and leaves on poor terms to go to Grand Rapids and again leaves on poor terms costing that city millions of dollars then comes here for another 5 years. All the while using city dollars in payoffs to his teaching buddies to build a nice retirement job for himself in the LEO teaching arena. Don't get me wrong, LEOs need training but when it's "leadership training" as paybacks and favors for helping out a fellow chief or what have you, it should be questioned, but WRAL let that story die. seu183 summed it up nicely

  • andy2 Sep 21, 2012

    I completely disagree about an in internal hire. I want a person who knows something about neighborhoods and how to get rid of the trash in these subdivisions that are making meth like it is a pharmacy. Drugs are the root of a very large portion of the crimes in the city.

  • copperino Sep 21, 2012

    Oh, and to further answer: the chief did have a contract with a minimum time: 5 years.

  • copperino Sep 21, 2012

    rgm1266: These people in high profile jobs may earn retirement after 5 years, but it's based on how long they worked. He's not going to get the same retirement from Raleigh as an officer that worked 30 years. He gets SOME retirement from Raleigh, SOME retirement from Grand Rapids, and SOME retirement from each place along the way he earned enough time. He's not getting 5 or 6 FULL PAY retirement packages.

  • rgm1266 Sep 21, 2012

    LEO, firefighters, and other civil servants don't get enough credit for the work they do and putting their lives on the line!!!

    But why are they honoring the Police Chief for 5 yrs of service to Raleigh? Chief Dolan has served of 30+ yrs in law enforcement, but only 5 yrs in Raleigh. Some people in these high profile jobs, will accept a job and work for 5 yrs to collect retirement benefits. Then go off to the next job and do the same thing. Look at the former chancellor @ NCCU. The last several jobs, he's only stayed there for 5 yrs and then bolts.

    With the way budgets are so tight, we need to start putting in their contracts, a time commitment for a minimum number of yrs. Now we have to spend money, time and resources, to find a new police chief.

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 21, 2012

    Hope you have a restful retirement . . . . away from all the haters.