FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Fayetteville police chief received a huge honor from the governor Thursday, just days after announcing his retirement from law enforcement.
Chief Harold Medlock was presented the with “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” by Gov. Pat McCrory.
Not only was this a big honor for Medlock but it was also a complete surprise.
Tuesday, Medlock announced his retirement after 33 years in law enforcement.
He initially joined Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department in 1979.
After a stint in the private sector, he returned to duty as a police officer with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department in 1993.
In February 2013, Medlock joined the Fayetteville Police Department after accepting the position of chief of police.
“The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” is North Carolina’s highest civilian honor.
At Thursday’s presentation, McCrory called Medlock “North Carolina’s best.”
It’s presented to those with a proven record of extraordinary service.
McCrory and Medlock both worked in Charlotte at the same time. McCrory was mayor when Medlock served as deputy police chief.
Medlock’s retirement is effective at the end of 2016.
The City will announce his replacement in the coming weeks.