Police Chief Pat Bazemore started her law enforcement career 29 years ago in Cary, hoping to one day become a crime scene investigator.
“Before CSI was popular,” she said, referring to the CBS TV series.
On Tuesday, Bazemore, 53, announced she is retiring July 31 after climbing through the department’s ranks to become its first woman police chief and leading the town in 2013 to its first designation as the safest mid-sized city in the country.
Bazemore joined the department as a patrol officer in 1986 shortly after earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Wake Tech Community College. Cary hired her as chief in 2008 after she had served as the town’s first first female lieutenant, captain, major and deputy chief.
Cary councilman Don Frantz, who joined the council a year before Bazemore became chief, described her as a “wonderful public servant” who lived up to the community’s high expectations.
“She handles herself very well in public,” Frantz said. “She’s a great listener and problem solver.”
If someone calls her with a problem, he said, “She gets on it ASAP. She’s very responsive.”
Bazemore said she started thinking about retiring about 15 months ago after Cary’s Deputy Police Chief Barry Nickelson retired. She had promoted ...