Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday morning announced that a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer would be his nominee for director of the State Bureau of Investigation.
McCrory nominated Robert Schurmeier for the position, which was left open after former director B.W. Collier retired on April 1, citing personal reasons. Schurmeier spent nearly 30 years with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department before retiring as deputy chief over investigations and co-founding a private security consulting firm.
McCrory said his relationship with Schurmeier dates to when he was on the Charlotte City Council. McCrory said he had gone on a ride-along with Schurmeier, who was a patrol officer at the time. The governor touted him as an officer who believed in "getting out of the office and seeing firsthand what was happening" during the tumultuous early 1990s.
"I would have never anticipated in 1990, when you and I were riding down Wilkinson Boulevard in Charlotte, talking about the horrendous issue of crack cocaine and crime and community breakdowns, that many years later, I'd be governor and I’d be nominating you for the SBI director upon the recommendation of this committee," McCrory told Schurmeier.
"I firmly believe that Bob will make a strong leader for this agency and the state," McCrory said.
Schurmeier started a homicide cold case unit in Charlotte to deal with a backlog of cases and helped create partnerships with local hospitals to educate them on how to better preserve evidence, McCrory said.
This isn't the first time Schurmeier applied for a job at the SBI. In 1975, the agency had a pair of open positions and 2,000 applicants, Schurmeier said.
"They took better qualified people," he joked.
Schurmeier is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did post-graduate work at the University of Virginia and UNC-Charlotte.
The SBI director is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the General Assembly for an eight-year term.