- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

LILLINGTON, N.C. (AP) - Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins has resigned.

Multiple media outlets reported that Rollins sent a letter that his resignation was effective at 5 p.m. Monday.

He’s been sheriff since 2002. Rollins said he was stepping down for personal reasons. He says he’s been in law enforcement for 40 years and it was time to leave.

His letter thanked residents and staff for their support.

Rollins said he was proud of what his office accomplished. He says he’s confident the office will be successful now that he is leaving.

Harnett County commissioners named Maj. Wayne Coats to serve as sheriff until Rollins’ term ends in 2018. Coats has been with the department for 20 years.

Rollins had told the county commission last month that he planned to step down.

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