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Cary Police Chief Stepping Down

Posted December 3, 2007

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— Cary Police Chief Scott Cunningham announced Monday that he will leave the department in three weeks to pursue other professional opportunities.

Cunningham was named police chief in August 2005 to replace longtime chief Windy Hunter. He previously served as assistant chief in Tampa, Fla.

“Chief Cunningham has worked hard in trying to position the department to better serve the citizens and community going forward. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” Town Manager Bill Coleman said in a statement.

During Cunningham's tenure, the police department added 20 officers to its force, was re-accredited and created a unit to track computer-relared crimes. Cary also continues to be ranked among the sfaest cities in the U.S.

Deputy Chief Pat Bazemore will serve as interim chief while Cary officials conduct a search for a new chief. Bazemore also filled in as the town's top cop before Cunningham's hiring.

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  • 10-39 Dec 4, 2007

    I fully support what Chief Cunningham has done with the Cary PD. I have meet him personally and feel that he will be greatly missed.
    I do think that they should consider Pat Bazemore as a possible replacement. She has a lot of the stuff it needs to be a police chief, and she has shown that when she filled in for the town before Chief Cunningham was hired.

  • MajorLeagueinfidel Dec 4, 2007

    This is unfortunate for this Department....any successor to Cunningham will surely be a pawn for the Town Manager just as the prior Chief was...

  • lizard Dec 3, 2007

    They pay the highest gas prices too. And housing costs, and food costs, etc.

  • jgirl5830 Dec 3, 2007

    nc guy- yes he certainly could afford to live here in Cary with his six digit salary plus his pension from Tampa. Cary PD officers are the best paid in the state.

  • 5smiles Dec 3, 2007

    If Pat Bazemore wants to try again to be Chief that is her prerogative. But if she loves Cary so much and actually does think it is a great town then why did she move OUT of Cary????? And it obviously isn't the high price of living in Cary as you can see both Cunningham and her have nice pricey homes. Cary obviously had a reason not to select her the first time around, perhaps they should keep looking. http://aws1.co.wake.nc.us/realestate/Account.asp?id=0333280&stype=owner&owner=bazemore&spg=1

  • lizard Dec 3, 2007

    I see that Bazemore has her lobbying group already making noises. It would definitely be easier for the manager to control her since she is female and from Cary. She has no where near the experience of Cunningham. There's a tip people.

    Electing a bunch of activists with a mediocre, "take them for granted" attitude toward police last month ain't no help either. Last time these types were in office there were big time cuts in raises for the police.

  • ifcdirector Dec 3, 2007

    I am sure the man behind the multi-thousand dollar, multi-man hour "Operation Collection Plate" can find a multitude of professional opportunities in anything involving oversight of other people's money.......

  • cw12079 Dec 3, 2007

    To comment on what Spirit Warrior said, It takes more than just police to fight crime. It takes us as citizens to. I read the crime blotter in the cary news, and if read, the vast majority of the garage shopping, people have either left the doors up, or unsecured. Just as they do when they leave vehicles unlocked. The citizens have to be aware that while cary is a very safe place to live, no matter how many officers the town of cary hires, you will never be able to rid the town of all crime.

  • rogerkneebend Dec 3, 2007

    Cary has too many people living there as it is.

  • Centurian Dec 3, 2007

    Pat Bazmore deserves a chance to be the Police Chief. She has a career of dedicated service to Cary, is well respected in professional law-enforcement circles, and already knows the job so there would be no learning curve.

    Unless Cary just does not want a female Police Chief????

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