Police chief for Cary resigning

Town manager surprised

Cary NewsDecember 4, 2007 

— Cary will be looking for a new police chief.

Town Manager Bill Coleman said he received a letter of resignation from Chief Scott Cunningham on Monday.

Coleman said the letter said that Cunningham is leaving to pursue other interests. The resignation is effective Dec. 23.

Cunningham could not immediately be reached for comment.

Coleman said he was surprised to get the letter.

"It just didn't seem it was in the offing," Coleman said.

Cunningham took over the Cary Police Department in August 2005. He assumed the top role following the retirement of Windy Hunter, who stepped down in May 2005 after seven years as chief and serving more than 30 years on the force.

Cunningham arrived in August 2005 from Tampa, Fla., where he was an assistant chief.

Coleman credited Cunningham for creativity and innovation during his time with the Cary Police Department. "He brought a lot of new ideas to the department," Coleman said.

During Cunningham's tenure, the department was re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and was recognized as a leader in the management of sex offenders. The department also brought on more than 20 additional officers.

Coleman said he has not decided on a process for hiring a new chief.

Deputy Chief Pat Bazemore, who served as interim chief after Hunter retired and was a finalist when Cunningham was hired, will serve as interim chief during the hiring process, Coleman said.

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