Thank you for visiting my official online campaign website.

For the past 15 years, it’s been my honor to serve the Citizens of Wake County as your Sheriff.

It was 50 years ago when I began my career in law enforcement sitting behind the steering wheel of State Highway Patrol car and I’m proud to still be on the road – known as a ‘working

The people here deserve the best protection possible and the peace of mind that comes with it. I pledge to continue to work hard for Wake County on an endless mission of serving and protecting its people.

Should you have any questions or concerns, my office will always be an open door.

Yours in service,

Donnie Harrison

Sheriff of Wake County

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May 10, 2017 will mark Sheriff Harrison’s 50th year in law enforcement—and not one day has gone by when he hasn’t put his community first.

Sheriff Harrison gets out of his office and rides the roads of Wake County — working with the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office answering calls, showing up at drug raids, joining in a search for a burglary suspect, or checking in with the detention staff.

“I’m not a paper-pushing Sheriff. You have to get out and work the roads if you want to know what’s going on.”—Sheriff Donnie Harrison

Donnie Harrison was first elected Sheriff of Wake County in 2002, and was elected to a second term in 2006; a third term in 2010 and a fourth term in 2014.  He will be seeking his fifth term as your Sheriff in November 2018.

Sheriff Harrison is the first certified law enforcement officer to be elected Sheriff in Wake County. Before serving Wake County as its Sheriff, Donnie Harrison was a veteran law enforcement officer, rising through the ranks of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

For 26 years, he served on the North Carolina Highway Patrol, working Wake County exclusively, learning first-hand the challenges law enforcement officials face in our county.  In addition to working Wake County, Donnie served as Chief of Security for the Lieutenant Governor, 1988-92, and also taught numerous courses at the Highway Patrol Academy.

Donnie has also been recognized as one of Wake County’s top canine search and rescue handlers. He trained his own dogs and voluntarily offered his services to find lost Alzheimer’s patients, lost children, and track down criminal suspects for local law enforcement agencies.

“I always said I would be a working Sheriff, out there with our employees. With 47 years of law enforcement experience, I’ve been there and know what they face. I want them to know that I love law enforcement and am proud to work beside them and support them in their jobs.”—Sheriff Donnie Harrison

Sheriff Harrison grew up in Bear Grass, North Carolina. When he joined the Highway Patrol, he was assigned to Wake County and remained here until he retired as a Sergeant. He currently lives in Garner. He has two daughters, one granddaughter, and one grandson.

“I have been very blessed to have the opportunity to serve the People of Wake County. As your Sheriff,  I will never forget that the Wake County Courthouse belongs to you and that I will faithfully execute my Constitutional duties as your elected Sheriff. I am proud to serve this great community and will continue to look for new opportunities to improve it.

—Sheriff Donnie Harrison

An Accomplished Sheriff

Sheriff Harrison’s Accomplishments

“I am very proud of my accomplishments as Sheriff of Wake County, but a good Sheriff always knows that his work is never finished. I will continue my efforts to keep you safe and preserve your peace of mind.” –Sheriff Donnie Harrison

Sheriff Donnie Harrison is an effective and proven leader for Wake County who has:

  • Reallocated personnel to better serve and protect the citizens of Wake County.
  • With the help of private donations from Wake County citizens, increased K-9 force from 1 dog to 13 to fight the war on crime and drugs
  • Partnered with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau (ICE) to implement the 287 (g) program, a program that identifies illegal aliens who have been arrested and brought to jail for booking. Only Wake County detention officers work in this program.
  • Implemented community outreach programs that include Citizens Well-Check Program, Project Lifesaver, and a summer Law Enforcement Adventure Camp for middle school students.
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A Personal Message From Sheriff Harrison

A Statement from Your Sheriff

Throughout my career in law enforcement, I have been an advocate for hands-on leadership.  That why I have made it a point to get out and work right beside the brave men and women who are answering the calls, making the drug raids, helping people in crisis.

I believe in the best way to interact with people is to get out with them.  Yes, I have a great many administrative and budget duties as Sheriff but I also believe that staying in touch with the people you serve is mighty important.

There has been growth in our department since taking over in 2002.  We have added jail and detention facilities and staff. We have seen the challenges of that growth in the past few years but we are addressing them and hitting them ‘head-on’ in a forthright manner, providing our citizens full disclosure of our department’s operations, budget and management.

As your Sheriff, our department will continue to pursue innovative and cost effective ways to protect Wake County citizens. Public safety and security is our top priority – it’s job one and I will work day and night to serve that mission.

It is an extreme honor and privilege to serve as your Sheriff. Stand with me so we can keep fighting for Wake County.

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