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Highway Patrol major on administrative leave

Posted June 22, 2010
Updated June 23, 2010

— Long-time state Highway Patrol spokesman Maj. Everett Clendenin is the subject of an internal investigation and has been put on administrative leave, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon would not say why Clendenin, one of six majors in the Highway Patrol and the head of the patrol's Support Services, was on leave, only that it was pending the outcome of an investigation.

Clendenin, who has been with the Highway Patrol since 1988, was promoted to major in March.

He began working in the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety's Public Affairs Office as a sergeant in December 2001. His duties included reporting on travel conditions during inclement weather and promoting the patrol's enforcement operations. Clendenin became a lieutenant in 2005 and a captain in 2008.

A 1981 graduate of Statesville Senior High School, Clendenin earned his bachelor of arts degree in public relations from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1985 and his masters of science degree in justice administration from the University of Louisville in 2003.

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Clendenin's leave comes following a series of misconduct cases involving troopers that have rocked the Highway Patrol's image over the past several years.

A number of troopers and officers have been disciplined or fired for offenses that included profiling young women for traffic stops, drunken driving, animal abuse and having sex on duty.

Chrissy Pearson, a spokeswoman for Gov. Bev Perdue, said the governor and the Highway Patrol are committed to doing what it takes to restore the public’s trust in the patrol.

“The governor continues to expect better of the Highway Patrol,” Pearson said.

Calls to Clendenin Tuesday evening were not immediately returned.

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  • pbjbeach Jun 23, 2:00 p.m.

    mebnme:

    State government is afarid of they truth an they run from it like a vampire from the sunshine. for they too are scared of getting burned by the real truth that is why that state employee have to use the greivecne procdures an arent allowed to have their day in an open court before the states public citizens in a real court of law but state government an the politicians an the lawyers even controll the out comes of state related issues withn the state court system leaving only the federal court system to try an seek real relife from over employment related issues thank you

  • pbjbeach Jun 23, 1:55 p.m.

    mebnme

    I feel that more than likely know the state government an their upper5 mangament as thati do it was an in all probability is just head hunting. because any state employee these days that fails to go along to get along is doomed in an for any so called reason that they decide to trump- up agianst them ( state employee in the first place right or wrong)

  • pbjbeach Jun 23, 1:51 p.m.

    The state of north carolina should have to be able to prove their accusations against any state employee with a prondonce of the evidence prior to terminations or for that matter any indivsual state employee being placed on adminstrative leave or leave without pay or for that matter of them creating an unjustifiable paper trail on entry's into a state employees personnel file just in order to paper them out of their positions as was done to me thank you

  • pbjbeach Jun 23, 1:46 p.m.

    Question? who is going to restore the trust of the citizens of north carolina in the governorship of this state? for her an her adminstration to have an display some form of intergerity when dealing with state employees in general as well as with the ncshp. thank you

  • wakeconative4ever Jun 23, 12:04 p.m.

    leo-nc...i love the hp...i hate the politics....totally support the men and women out there doing their jobs...hate the bs...sometimes i do think disbanding (for a while) might be better to show the public what they will be missing..i am not against the hp, just the do as i say not as i do politics of the upper management

  • mshood7 Jun 23, 11:46 a.m.

    I am outraged at this. This man has maintained an honorable demeanor and has brought great credibility to a somewhat controversial admin. because of many changes in society in regard to practicing 'diversity' in hiring those who were given confidence in becoming a officer of the roads and highways of NC and failed to live up to their sworn duties to impose the law to keep the citizen of NC safe. I hope to see a full investigation into the accused the Honorable Maj. Everett Clendenin.
    I have seen a rash of insubordination by those who were not 'worthy.' I hope Gov. Perdue will call for an investigation into those who are suppose to serve the people with respect and yet denegated into lawlessness them selves. Who are they and why this RUSH TO JUDGMENT?!!

  • leo-nc Jun 23, 11:45 a.m.

    "In this day and age, all it takes is a public accusation, whether true or not does not matter, and the LEO is put on "administrative leave.""---

    YEP!!!

  • meBNme Jun 23, 11:44 a.m.

    You know.... there WAS an investigation by the HP being done on the previos and current govenors and their staff.

    Maybe it's part fact and part head hunting to keep the truth hidden?

  • leo-nc Jun 23, 11:44 a.m.

    "leo-nc...i am not blind...i KNOW what the hp does EVERY day...i LIVE with it...but i am sick of the double standards when all other state agencies can do what they want and it isn't plastered all over WRAL...u don't get it do you? I am with you, not against you..."----

    NO, I didn't get it because it seemed like you were saying the opposite. I apologize. As for you Notagain, you don't know squat, and never will...

  • meBNme Jun 23, 11:42 a.m.

    In this day and age, all it takes is a public accusation, whether true or not does not matter, and the LEO is put on "administrative leave."

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