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New Edgecombe County Deputy Sheriff Gene Harrell is flanked by his older brother, J.E., Harrell, left, and his father, J.P. Harrell, in September 1994.

After dealing with the good and bad for more than 28 years, Chief Deputy Gene Harrell will retire from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 1.

Harrell, who has served under three sheriffs and worked his way up through the chain of command, was promoted to chief deputy in May 2017.