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GOP chief calls for ouster of Highway Patrol commander

Posted July 12, 2010

— The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party said Monday that the commander of the beleaguered state Highway Patrol needs to be replaced by someone outside the agency.

"I think it needs somebody that's apolitical, without political connections, who's not a current political appointee of the administration – somebody who's truly independent and will have job security," Tom Fetzer said during a news conference.

The patrol has been battered by a string of misconduct cases involving state troopers and ranking officers. A number have been have been disciplined or fired in recent years for offenses that included profiling young women for traffic stops, drunken driving, animal abuse and having sex on duty.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said she is standing behind patrol commander Col. Randy Glover, whom she appointed last year. She has given him and Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young 60 days to develop restructuring plan for the agency.

State law says leadership of the Highway Patrol can come only from the governor, the secretary of crime control and public safety or within the patrol's ranks. The law apparently was passed to ensure the patrol's leadership had familiarity and experience with the agency.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said Fetzer has the luxury of commenting without having to make any real decisions.

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  • mshood7 Jul 16, 2:46 p.m.

    Sorry Tom, You're one of the reasons I signed up with the T Party! Just so tired of people playing politics with other peoples lives. Hey, nobody is perfect. Seems too many are making bad judgment calls these days. I think Geico should run for president. Seems honest enough to me. lol... so pathetic...

  • mshood7 Jul 16, 2:43 p.m.

    WOW. The long arm of the govt extends down into the NCHP. Who could have guessed. A lot of good people have had to pay the price for mistakes and poor judment, guess it's the same thing as what is happening in the Dem. Admin. I mean these people can't even get their birthdays right. God, pleeeze come November. We all want to live not just survive.

  • Humungous Jul 16, 1:44 p.m.

    Once again, the GOP has achieved a new level of incompetence. Keep up the good work!

  • freddie cadetti 72 Jul 16, 1:29 p.m.

    Hey Tom, you're a nice guy, and I really like your views on almost all political fronts, but you are all wrong on this one, and it shows you have no concept of what the Patrol is about. One of the main thing that makes the Patrol as great as it is, is the commander is promoted from within. You are past the political line in the sand on this one, Tom.

  • tafiliclan1 Jul 13, 3:53 p.m.

    GOP. Now that's a joke. Clean your own house before worring about someone elses. Getting a new leader is like wearing a cologne without taking a shower. You still stink.
    Each LEO must be held accountable for his or her actions.
    Sometimes they for got the basics. You SERVED and protect citizens of NC. Once you get your Prime directives down, should be no problems performing duties. Like General orders in the Military.

  • Mugu Jul 13, 1:14 p.m.

    Glover has been the whipping boy since day one. They need to get some fresh meat in there, not a stodgy old man who should be at the VFW talking about nam.

  • Justin T. Jul 13, 11:23 a.m.

    "...apolitical, without political connections, who's not a current political appointee of the administration – somebody who's truly independent and will have job security."

    Fetzer is talking silly talk. I want a new Ferrari for 100 bucks that has an unlimited lifetime warranty and gets 60 miles per gallon.

  • blackdog Jul 13, 10:45 a.m.

    While Fetzer attacks everyone and everything but his job duties, Dallas Woodhouse has made Fetzer look like an amateur, usurping the power of the GOP.

  • bluegrass Jul 13, 10:20 a.m.

    Followers reflect leaders.

  • ratherbnnc Jul 13, 10:04 a.m.

    The SBI has a lawyer as the Director because the SBI Falls under the NC Attorney General and not the Governor. The AG being elected appoints the Director of the SBI.

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