An Elizabeth City native, Harrington started his career as an officer in the Hertford Police Department and later served in the Scotland Neck Police Department and the Roanoke Rapids Police Department before becoming police chief in Weldon. He was named Wake Forest police chief in October 1993.
During his tenure, Wake Forest has grown from 6,800 residents to more than 27,000, and the department has gone from 14 to 54 officers in that time.
Deputy Police Chief Jeff Leonard has been named acting police chief, effective Friday.
Copyright 2023 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.