RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Mike Easley on Tuesday appointed William Fletcher Clay Jr. as the next colonel of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Cecil Eugene Lockley as lt. colonel.
Clay replaced Col. Richard W. Holden Sr., who is retiring June 30. Lockley replaced Lt. Col. Wilson M. "Gene" Autry, who retired May 31, 2003.
Clay and Lockley currently serve as majors in the NCSHP.
"Both these men have been preparing to accept leadership positions for many years," Easley said. "I had every confidence in them when I appointed them both as majors in 2002, and they have not let me down. The team of Clay and Lockley and the majors with whom they work will provide strong management and leadership within the Patrol."
Clay, a Raleigh resident, has served on the NCSHP since 1979, when he was first assigned to Troop C, Dist. III, in Raleigh. He was promoted to line sergeant in 1990, first sergeant in 1993, lieutenant in 1996 and captain in 1999.
Clay earned his associate's degree in criminal justice from Davidson County Community College. He was a 1991 graduate of the Administrative Officers' Management Program at N.C. State University.
In 1988, the Raleigh Jaycees named Clay "Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer." He is currently a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the North Carolina Police Executives' Association.
Lockley, a resident of Holly Springs, has served on the NCSHP since 1977, when he was first assigned to Troop C, Dist. IV, in Warren County. He was promoted to line sergeant in 1984, first sergeant in 1995, lieutenant in 1998 and captain in 2000.
Lockley, who attended North Carolina Central University, has served all across North Carolina, including Bladen, Buncombe, Catawba, Cumberland, Gaston, New Hanover, Pitt, Wake and Warren counties.