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Thompson names acting chief of Harrisburg police

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Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson has decided who will take over the city's bureau of police.

Thompson on Friday named Captain Thomas Carter as the city's acting chief of police.

Carter, a Harrisburg High School graduate with 26 years of experience with the police department, has risen through the ranks and was assigned to command the city's Criminal Investigation Division in June.

He has less experience as a captain than two other candidates, captains Annette Oates and Colin Cleary, but those in the know say he had been passed over for promotion in previous years.

Getting Harrisburg's top police badge was an emotional experience for a man who has spent most of his life serving the city.

"I always wanted to investigate violent crime and I was given an opportunity here," Carter said. "Harrisburg is my home. It has been really good to me."

Thompson said the decision did not come easy. She called it painstaking at times.

"On one hand you say I want that person, and you look at all the other factors that I made as a part of the decision ... it became painful," she said.

Thompson said Carter was named "acting chief" out of respect for the next mayor of the city, who could name a new chief when Thompson leaves office in January.

Pierre Ritter, the former chief of Harrisburg's Bureau of Police, retired Thursday.


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