Donnie-kids-500Thank you for visiting my official online campaign website.

It’s been an honor to serve the citizens of Wake County for the past 12 years as your duly elected Sheriff.

I began a career in law enforcement 47 years ago, sitting behind the steering wheel of the State Highway Patrol car and I am proud to be known as a ‘working sheriff’ still on the road, working with my deputies and staff to provide you a safe and protected neighborhood and county.

Working from a patrol car, I get to hear what’s on your mind, listen to your concerns and then be able to act on your behalf.

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, I will always have an open-door policy for the people of Wake County.

Yours in service,

Sheriff Donnie Harrison





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harrison-bio-400wideMay 10, 2014 will mark Sheriff Harrison’s 47th 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 on November 7, 2006. Sheriff Harrison is now serving a third term, after being reelected in 2010.

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. Sheriff Harrison has the rare distinction of having received the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine, not once but twice, from two different governors. He retired in 1993 at the rank of Sergeant.

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











“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 11 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.
Partnered with local mental health officials to provide Crisis Intervention Training to deputies; in 2006 hired a mental health liaison to work with local agencies in providing continuous mental health services to inmates; worked to include mental health awareness training in the detention center and jail operations.
Streamlined the permit process for Pistol Purchase and Concealed Carry by making these applications available online. This new service is in addition to permit services presently offered by the Sheriff’s Office. Online applications make the permitting process more convenient and less time consuming for the consumer.








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From Donnie Harrison

harrison-meetdonnie-quote-900wideThroughout my career in law enforcement, I have been an advocate for hands-on leadership. That’s 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 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 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.

We must continue to pursue innovative and cost effective ways to protect Wake County citizens. We need to make sure that those who put our community’s citizens at risk are punished to the fullest extent of the law. This is a necessity in order to ensure that our citizens can safely enjoy all the great opportunities and experiences Wake County offers.

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


For All Mailed Contributions:

Make checks out to Citizens for Donnie Harrison.
Citizens for Donnie Harrison.
PO Box 624
Garner NC 27529.


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