McCrory says advisers back SBI transfer

Posted June 3, 2014

— Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that one of his key advisers is advocating for a plan that would move the State Bureau of Investigation under the control of the executive branch.

Currently, the SBI is an independent agency overseen by the attorney general. That proposed move is contained in the budget passed by the state Senate last week. Although its proponents say the move would save the state money and be more efficient because it would group the SBI together with the State Highway Patrol and Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, it also has political overtones.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat, is widely expected to run against McCrory, a Republican, in 2016. 

McCrory said Tuesday he is relying on the advice of Public Safety Secretary Frank Perry.

"He (Perry) is strongly recommending consolidation of those resources to me," McCrory said. "I'm still in review of hearing his argument and also hearing the argument of legislators who are promoting that idea."

When Senate budget writers proposed the transfer idea in 2013, McCrory opposed it, saying that his young administration didn't have time to deal with such a dramatic move. Last week, McCrory sounded more positive toward the idea. Tuesday's comments are the strongest signal yet that the governor may be on board. 

Local law enforcement groups, such as the North Carolina Sheriffs' Association, oppose the move, and some critics say placing the SBI under the administration it may be called upon to investigate is a move rife with conflict. 

House leaders have yet to weigh in. 

"It’s still up in the air. We’re all trying to decide which way it would probably be better to have all law enforcement under one umbrella. We’re probably talking about it Thursday," said Rep. Pat Hurley, R-Randolph, one of the chairs of the House budget subcommittee on Justice and Public Safety.


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  • Centurian Jun 4, 2014

    Media reports state, "the SBI is an independent agency overseen by the attorney general."

    Why would they be any LESS independent under the Department of Public Safety? They would still be overseen by a statewide elected office just as they have always been so how does that alter their so-called "independence?"

  • rushbot Jun 3, 2014

    hmmmmm...he'll be able to suggest situations to investigate....this sounds like a reallllllllllllllly bad idea....

  • Steve Sanders Jun 3, 2014
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    We are one of the only States in the nation that does not have State Police, NCSHP, SBI, ALE, Wildlife, Marine Fisheries, State Capital Police are all jusidiction specific! Put it all under DPS and give them the jusidcition to do police work! Frank Perry which I do not know personally but have heard him speak on several occassions and he is the man for this job! Stop the polictical pandering and just let LEO do their jobs!

  • Olenc Native Jun 3, 2014
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    Convince 9 other people not to vote for him in 2016 and all is forgiven.

  • Taffy Jun 3, 2014

    Of course the advisors back SBI transfer.This administration and legislature will rubber stamp anything that gives them what they want. Why isn't there any public discussions? Everything is behind closed doors. So much for the sunshine laws in government - oh yeah they exempted themselves from that too. We wanted a change and boy did we get one. In the future we need to be careful in what we wish for!

  • Steven Arbogast Jun 3, 2014
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    I humbly apologise for giving that guy my vote. Won't happen again!

  • Michael Lashley Jun 3, 2014
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    Just know if this would be applied for all future governors as well, whether they are republican or democratic (NC is too purple not to switch back and forth)

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Jun 3, 2014

    NC law currently states that only the sheriff or DA of a county may call the SBI or FBI to investigate one another.

    Of course the sheriff's association does not want the governor to have the power to call their office under investigation, it gives them less control.

    The wake sheriff is in need of a good federal investigation as it currently stands.

  • maybetoolatedixon2 Jun 3, 2014

    Why don't they just get Susan Rice to explain it for them. It is mind-blogging that a person that the governor appointed would agree with him. I am sure they got to that position disagreeing anyway, yeah right. Politics = the act of saying whatever it takes to get whatever you want. Governor, I am one Republican that is getting very tired of this. Leave it like it is to show a more responsible office.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jun 3, 2014

    Nothing like letting the fox guard the hen house. It would be wrong for another governor to do it and it's wrong for McCrory as well. There needs to be some separation between the government and those who would be called upon to investigate said government.