CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – Friday is Police Chief Patricia Bazemore’s last day with the Cary Police Department.
The Cary Police Department announced in June that Bazemore would be retiring after 29 years of service at the end of July.
Bazemore began her career as a patrol officer in 1986. She served as the department’s first female lieutenant, female captain, female major and female deputy chief. She was promoted to chief in 2008.
“Reluctantly, but with the deepest appreciation for all she’s done for the Town government, our community, and our state, I’ve accepted Pat’s letter of resignation and wish her the very best in her new life as Cary’s first retired female chief of police,” said Town Manager Ben Shivar in a news release in June. “Pat has been exemplary as she’s help[ed] guide us through some of Cary’s toughest and most tragic situations, and I am personally grateful for the professional and thoughtful ways she’s served. Cary is frequently ranked as one of the safest places in the nation, and Pat deserves much of the credit for this accolade.”
When Bazemore joined the Town of Cary, the population was about 32,000 people and the police department had about 31 staff members. Today Cary has over 153,000 residents and a nationally accredited, gold standard police department with over 230 staff.
Bazemore, 53, plans to focus on her family, hike and travel, and volunteer in the community. An active search for Cary’s next chief is underway.