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Highway Patrol appeals order to reinstate fired trooper

Posted February 15, 2011

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— The state Highway Patrol has appealed a ruling by the State Personnel Commission that a state trooper fired a year ago should be reinstated at his demoted rank and pay.

Trooper Anthony E. Scott, a 15-year veteran of the force, was in the home of a Chatham County woman in 2009 when her estranged husband allegedly attacked her.

The Highway Patrol said Scott was on duty at the time but wasn't at the home on official business. There was no indication whether Scott tried to intervene in the assault.

Scott was demoted and transferred after the incident. During his appeal of the demotion, Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Ruben Young fired him.

An administrative law judge ruled in October that Scott should be reinstated at the lower rank, and the Personnel Commission recently agreed with that ruling.

The case will now be heard by a Superior Court judge.

The Highway Patrol contends in its appeal that Scott didn't contest his firing in time and that, even if the agency didn't follow its internal disciplinary procedures in the case, he didn't demonstrate any prejudice in the patrol's actions.

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  • braddavis Feb 17, 2011

    shakinmyhead, not quiet, just doing that little thing we call work! Try it sometime, you might like it.

  • the people Feb 15, 2011

    TROOPER WAS SERVING HIS COUNTY ,LEAVE HIM ALONE,PROTECT THAT LAWYER SON!!!!!!

  • the people Feb 15, 2011

    POOR TROOPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! POLITICS POOR DECISION AGAIN!!!!!

  • airbornemonty Feb 15, 2011

    This is one trooper that I believe shouldn't have been fired. I read the story and the way that I saw it is that she appearently called him on his cell phone and told him that her extranged husband was on the way to do her harm.

    If my friend called me for help I would go help her no matter where I was at, but that is me, I don't know what you would do.

  • ncmedic201 Feb 15, 2011

    @wake, I am right there with you. I'm tired of this station filling in the blanks with their own opinions, only to find out that they were wrong. These are peoples lives they are destroying and they don't seem to care. Even if a person gets in trouble with the law, WRAL doesn't have the right to make it even worse. Just like yesterdays story of the teacher. They made it sound like she had sex with students and it turns out she served them alcohol, both illegal but a huge difference in peoples perception of the teacher!

  • lsdhome Feb 15, 2011

    Hard to believe that the higher ups in state government haven't yet learned how to fire an employee so it sticks!!!

  • wakeconative4ever Feb 15, 2011

    If WRAL keeps on, there won't be any commnets left on this article......so much for freedom of speech.....I am really done with WRAL this time

  • u stand corrected Feb 15, 2011

    Never have I seen braddavis this quiet...

  • u stand corrected Feb 15, 2011

    I was a Trooper, and was at the jail one night when a prominent news anchor was brought downtown........funny how that never made the news! Everyone accused LEO of taking care of their own.....apparently news crews do the same.
    braddavis

  • HadEnough Feb 15, 2011

    The fact that the state can continue fighting an employee or ex-employee even though the OAH judge and/or the Personnel Commission finds in the employees favor is another example of extreme waste in state government.

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