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.