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  • ronnyg0447 Aug 16, 4:17 p.m.

    jbigbird3 --- To the police bashers -- you can't do the job so you bash the poeple who are trying. Did not always agree with Chief Dolan but he was good guy that tried. The City needs to go outside the department for the next Chief. Yes there have been some problems but Chief Dolan is vested so he will get his retirement. To the Union members, you became a Police Officer to serve and protect not to go on strike or make Union bosses rich. There is no place in public service for unions.

    Well Said. I continue to support the RPD and soon-to-be ex-chief. I think he's done a fine job. People who aren't satisfied w/ their own lives try to get satisfaction from bashing others who keep pushing. I hope the chief has a very plesant and well deserved retirement. And you're so correct. Unions have NO place in public service. Not now. Not ever

  • jbigbird3 Aug 16, 1:59 p.m.

    To the police bashers -- you can't do the job so you bash the poeple who are trying.
    Did not always agree with Chief Dolan but he was good guy that tried. The City needs to go outside the department for the next Chief. Yes there have been some problems but Chief Dolan is vested so he will get his retirement. To the Union members, you became a Police Officer to serve and protect not to go on strike or make Union bosses rich. There is no place in public service for unions.

  • beachinit Aug 16, 1:24 p.m.

    "Don't you wish you could retire at 54? I'll be lucky to retire at 74 because I'm not on the taxpayers gravy train."

    I'd wager that you don't go to work everyday with a bulletproof vest on and endure near the stress that law enforcement does. They should have 20 year retirement in NC for law enforcement, not 30.

  • one mean woman Aug 16, 12:26 p.m.

    Cheif Harry Dolan has been nothing but good to my husband and I our only child was killed in the line of duty in 2002.But people have not been very nice to him.He has always made sure the fallen officers were not forgotten. Cheif hope you enjoy your retirement, because deserve it. mother of a fallen officer

  • knockitoff Aug 16, 9:08 a.m.

    Happy Retirement Cheif Dolan
    Surely no one one here (the WRAL board) can step up and replace you. Lots of "opinions" but NONE of them can do the job or they'd be in your shoes DOING it!
    Enjoy your retirement!!!

  • Bartmeister Aug 16, 8:42 a.m.

    Sure sounds like he was "asked" to retire. Too much negative press lately in this position makes city officials nervous.

  • thinkin out loud Aug 16, 8:20 a.m.

    I have to congratulate anyone that has managed to stay 32 years putting up with the public. Cops are societies babysitters because too many don't know how to act right, don't know how to raise their own kids or are simply just evil people.

  • common_sense_plz Aug 15, 7:20 p.m.

    It would appear that he was given the choice of being fired or retiring.

  • EZeegoing Aug 15, 7:12 p.m.

    If he can't take the heat he needs to get out of the kitchen.

  • doobedobedoodoo Aug 15, 6:27 p.m.

    The worst thing about this is that the alleged "union" (not a union in this right-to-work state) will think they actually had something to do with it. Pretty soon 'da Union bosses' will stop giggling like little school girls and be whining as per usual.....right, Charles, "Chucky-cheese"?? ...with that whine??

  • bombayrunner Aug 15, 5:59 p.m.

    why is it so many police chiefs in NC retire under public scrutiny only to find themselves behind bars a few months later?

  • bombayrunner Aug 15, 5:57 p.m.

    Now, that good old leftwing city government in Raleigh can go out and hire a black female who's confined to a wheelchair as their next chief.
    vectores

    dolan ... is that you in there?

  • Steve Mchugelarge Aug 15, 5:43 p.m.

    JoCo: you never answered my question about Mitt and his plan toget the nation back on its feet. you are here talking about the union. Talk about your man Mitt!
    hoopster

    Well he could throw more money at it like Obama wants to do

  • redant Aug 15, 5:34 p.m.

    Sorry to see him go. It is very hard for some to accept change. The teamsters and rppa better be careful what they wish for.

  • Relic Aug 15, 5:28 p.m.

    vectores - What? No specification on sexual preference? Seriously, Raleigh could have hired Ruben Greenburg (google "Chief Ruben Greenburg" if you don't know him) and some special interest group or "fake union" would have been after him too. Raleigh has not had a Police Chief that the local "illuminati" supported because, quite frankly, liberals can't stand the fact that Police are necessary.

  • vectores Aug 15, 5:16 p.m.

    Now, that good old leftwing city government in Raleigh can go out and hire a black female who's confined to a wheelchair as their next chief.

  • lawncare5 Aug 15, 5:09 p.m.

    Sorry to see u go, your ideas were just not the generally accepted politically correct ideas of the past.

  • lessismore Aug 15, 5:08 p.m.

    He has been a fraud for the past 15 years. I knew him when he was in Lumberton. My riding lawn mower and gas grill was stolen. I followed the theif home and went to Dolan and told him who he was, and where he lived. Nothing was ever investigated....nothing.

  • Save It Aug 15, 4:54 p.m.

    Now cops can get back to the job of protecting and serving instead of trying to fill this mans quotas.

  • pchuck88 Aug 15, 4:48 p.m.

    i am glad he is stepping down i dont think it is right to require police officers to have quotas

  • Sherlock Aug 15, 4:31 p.m.

    Retires with 5 years in the system over 55 and will receive a pay equal to the highest 3 yeears of pay he received plus other benfits. not bad.. Also I believe that he receives a retirement pay from GR, not sure.. but he can still go work as a civilian making top dollar.

  • Relic Aug 15, 4:25 p.m.

    rlwieland - I've known Harry Dolan for many years. I also know a lot of the officers on the RPD. Many of them don't share your opinion.

    rossfranco - Police Officers in NC can retire with over 30 years of credible service or at age 55. With vacation, that would make him eligible on both ends. Want to talk about "taxpayer's gravy train"? Officers in northeastern states can retire after 20 or 25 years, plus they have all of their "benefits" that the unions like the Teamsters strong arm the cities out of. If you wanted to be able to retire in 30 years, you should have applied for a municipal, county or state job back when you were 21.

    Unions do not help law enforcement agencies. They cripple them by seeking entitlement, preventing leaders from being able to effectively do their jobs and forcing departments to keep unworthy employees at any cost just to show that "big labor" rules. The next Chief should completely ignore this "pseudo union".

  • rlwieland Aug 15, 4:10 p.m.

    Bought time this guy goes. Been a waste of tax payers money and bad for moral in our department.

  • BuglessDuster Aug 15, 4:07 p.m.

    Don't you wish you could retire at 54? I'll be lucky to retire at 74 because I'm not on the taxpayers gravy train.

  • Road-wearier Aug 15, 3:56 p.m.

    "Imagine if we could take a look at your work life under a microscope....What would we find???"

    Why does that matter? I'm not the chief of RPD. What I've done with my life, or what you've done with yours, has absolutely no bearing on my right or your right or ability to criticize Chief Dolan.

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 15, 3:35 p.m.

    HerecomestheTwister

    Awwwwwww.......YAWN

  • bombayrunner Aug 15, 3:33 p.m.

    probably a good idea. makes some questionable decisions that have put his judgement in the public eye. they may not be done with him. a few too many retiring chiefs have wound up in jail for one thing or another.

  • timetochange Aug 15, 3:23 p.m.

    actually factual with a slip of the key. awesome.

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 15, 3:18 p.m.

    The CHIEF is retiring, not a Captain.
    Pac-Man
    Did read it, have met the man personally. As a business owner have had meetings with him & others and I know he is the Chief. It was a slip of the key, a typo, a human error. I hope you can forgive my mistake and if you cannot well I guess we'll just both have to live with that won't we.

  • Pac-Man Aug 15, 3:12 p.m.

    beaulahjackson4,

    Perhaps you ought to read the article before blindly posting nonsense. The CHIEF is retiring, not a Captain.

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 15, 3:05 p.m.

    Paladin2
    The difference is opinion......words like wonder, seems, I think as opposed to statements of supposed fact about something that has nothing to do with this discussion. I don't assume that he's a Republican, Tea Party Member or an Independent(could be any of those). People are entitled to their opinion but blatant childish name calling is very different....IN MY OPINION.

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 15, 3:00 p.m.

    beulah, your entire post was stereotyping about me, a person you know nothing about
    HerecomestheTwister

    No, it's actually factual. All you are doing in this "discussion" is stereotyping which is in fact short sighted, ignorant, judgmental & shallow. Everything you have written so far seems to bully others because they don't agree with you and your seemingly high horse attitude (see the difference there ole kettle "seem" & "seemingly"). And your lack of maturity is painfully obvious. This particular issue has to do with RPD's Captain retiring, and has absolutely nothing to do with politics. I think that it must be your hot button so that you can spout your thoughtless & close minded views on others....which is generally what a bully does (and again ole kettle "I think"). I'm wondering how very few actual friends you do or don't have.

  • Pac-Man Aug 15, 2:57 p.m.

    rainmanmew,

    my head hurts.

  • rainmanmew Aug 15, 2:49 p.m.

    Why is it that in every news stork it automatically becomes Liberal vs Conservative. If this was a story about a stray dor geing asopted would his owners be stupid because they were Liberal ? Seriously....

  • BigOski Aug 15, 2:37 p.m.

    I think some posters are bashing a man that did his job. Imagine if we could take a look at your work life under a microscope....What would we find???

  • timetochange Aug 15, 2:36 p.m.

    I don't get some people, they complain about how bad the guy is and then whine about him retiring.

  • superman Aug 15, 2:27 p.m.

    My brother went into the Air Force when he was 17 and retired at 37 and hasnt worked a day since. I never can understand why people elect to continue working when they can retire and enjoy life and whatever time they have left.

  • Paladin2 Aug 15, 2:23 p.m.

    beaulahjackson4: "Stereotyping people that you know nothing about is ignorant, short-sighted, small minded and judgmental. Maybe you should try using that gray matter in your cranium for something more worth while than stereotyping people. Wondering if you were a bully in school? Did you make fun of anyone that thought differently than you. I will guess yes on both counts." May'be you should take your own advice. Just sayin...

  • timetochange Aug 15, 2:22 p.m.

    beulah, your entire post was stereotyping about me, a person you know nothing about. Pot meet kettle. duh.

  • timetochange Aug 15, 2:21 p.m.

    When do these Republitards make any sense?

    Keyboard cat
    Republicans will never make sense to people who can'ty think on their own. You see liberilsm is a mental disorder in which a person voluntarily gives up their ability to free thought and replace it with the brainwashed propaganda, you see this gives them an excuse to blame others for whats going on in this country.

  • Lamborghini Mercy Aug 15, 2:13 p.m.

    54 sounds like a good age to retire!

  • Southern Discomfort Aug 15, 2:02 p.m.

    What WRAL hasn't reported on is the fact that Chief Dolan has put his closest friends from the PD, including Seargants making over $70k per year, on duty to do nothing more than answer phones, yes answer phones, and enter those phone calls into a database. 14 Employees who are full blow sworn RPD officers doing admin duties that a civilian could have done for 35k or less.

  • beaulahjackson4 Aug 15, 1:44 p.m.

    liberals would just assume live in a country without police.
    HerecomestheTwister

    What does this have to do with liberals? I am no Republican and I was married to an LEO for 12 years. I wish RPD would at the very least enforce traffic ITB. I actually want more policing, things have gotten out of hand here in Raleigh due to the 60% population increase in the last 10 years. Stereotyping people that you know nothing about is ignorant, short-sighted, small minded and judgmental. Maybe you should try using that gray matter in your cranium for something more worth while than stereotyping people. Wondering if you were a bully in school? Did you make fun of anyone that thought differently than you. I will guess yes on both counts.

  • dnabailbonds Aug 15, 1:34 p.m.

    Mickey Biggs is a great name for a cop. Just saying.
    Keyboard cat
    August 15, 2012 1:08 p.m.


    GOOGLE THE NAME MICKEY J. BIGGS OR MICKEY BIGGS AND READ THE MANY ISSUES PEOPLE ARE HAVING WITH HIM. HE WORKED WITH DOLAN BACK IN THE DAY!

  • TiminNCisBack Aug 15, 1:32 p.m.

    He probably was not going to make his quota!

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 15, 1:31 p.m.

    "The next chief needs to have better working relationship with the union . . . " I understand what you are saying but, that's disturbing. The police are obligated to the citizens, NOT a union.

  • wiz Aug 15, 1:30 p.m.

    32 years is a long time for anything....In the 'LEO' type of business...You will have some enemies...As long as he done his job as sworn to do...Good luck Hoss...& enjoy your rest...

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Aug 15, 1:26 p.m.

    liberals would just assume live in a country without police.
    HerecomestheTwister

    What???? That statement makes absolutely no sense....

  • NCSU84 Aug 15, 1:20 p.m.

    Packpride will investigate and get to the bottom of this mess!

  • Wes Elder Aug 15, 1:19 p.m.

    Good move! The next chief needs to have better working relationship with the union, the city and the public.

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