RALEIGH—Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan will retire effective October 1. City manager Russell Allen made the announcement Wednesday.
Chief Dolan joined the Raleigh Department as chief in 2007 and has been in law enforcement for more than 30 years. Dolan said he made the decision to retire several months ago but did not say his personal plans for the future.
City officilas say Chief Dolan has served the community well for the five years that he was chief.
“He is one of those chiefs who was very visible, not only because he is a very tall guy, so we knew when the chief was around. But it was not unusual, I couldn't tell you how many people would say 'I saw the chief stopped helping officers if there was an accident, stopped helping people who just needed help along the side of the road,” said City Manager Russell Allen.
In a statement Dolan wrote:
I am grateful to City Manager J. Russell Allen for selecting me to serve as Raleigh’s Chief of Police and a member of his leadership team that afforded me the distinct privilege and honor of serving this dynamic city and permitted me to have the truly remarkable experience of once again serving with the men and women of the Raleigh Police Department.
A police spokesperson said that Dolan's retirement had nothing to do with the controversey surrounding the quota evalutation system and that Chief Dolan's retirement had been planned for awhile.
Deputy Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown will serve as interim chief when Dolan leaves.