Rodney Harris, a 19-year veteran of the Salisbury Police Department, has been named acting chief, city officials have announced.
City Manager David Treme said Harris, most recently a lieutenant, will take the helm at midnight Dec. 31, upon the retirement of Mark Wilhelm as chief. Treme said Salisbury expects to name a permanent police chief by mid-February.
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Harris began his career with the Salisbury police in 1990 as a patrol officer. He served 12 years as an investigator, city officials said, and then was a sergeant for four years. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2008. He was an honors graduate in May from Livingstone College, with a bachelors degree in criminal justice.
“It is a great honor to serve the City of Salisbury and its citizens during this interim period as acting police chief,” Harris said. “It is our goal to create an environment in which citizens and visitors feel safe in all parts of the city.”
The Salisbury police department has more than 110 employees.
Harris did not say if he will be a candidate for the permanent chief's position.