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Harold Medlock Tapped as Fayetteville Police Chief

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Fayetteville City Manager Ted Voorhees has tapped Harold Medlock as the City’s new police chief. Medlock comes to Fayetteville after serving as a deputy chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 2008.

While serving in Charlotte, Medlock was responsible for security planning for the Democratic National Convention, held in the Queen City in September 2012. He oversaw 21 local, state and federal public safety organization sub-committees charged with producing the National Special Security Event operations plan associated with the national convention. Additionally, Medlock managed a $50 million federal grant to fund all security aspects of the convention. Also in Charlotte, he managed 800 officers assigned to functional units, including seven patrol divisions, a special events unit, a secondary employment unit, a motorcycle operations unit and a major crash investigations unit. Medlock also served regularly as acting chief of police.

Medlock is an executive board member and first vice president of the N.C. Police Executives Association, in which he frequently meets with N.C. senators and representatives to discuss law enforcement issues critical across the state.

Prior to his extensive duties as deputy chief, he advanced through the ranks of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a police officer, sergeant, captain and major. Medlock joined the department in Charlotte in 1993. His references include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx.

Medlock has been married to his wife Gloria for 31 years.

“Mr. Medlock’s extensive experience as a deputy chief for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has prepared him well to serve as Fayetteville’s next chief of police,” City Manager Ted Voorhees said. “His ability to manage a large number of officers and large scale events like the Democratic National Convention make him a great choice for the job. Mr. Medlock performed extremely well in an evaluation of his knowledge, skills and abilities to strengthen community engagement with the citizens of Fayetteville. This will be critical to building the kind of partnerships necessary to make a significant impact on crime rates in Fayetteville and the surrounding area. Additionally, I think members of the Fayetteville Police Department will find him to be a hands-on leader who will support officers in acquiring the tools and training that they need to increase their everyday effectiveness. The City of Fayetteville is excited to welcome Mr. Medlock and his wife, Gloria, to Fayetteville and I look forward to working with him.”