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Texts, e-mails of former Highway Patrol spokesman reveal flirtation

Posted June 30, 2010

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— Officials on Wednesday released text messages and e-mails in the investigation into a long-time state Highway Patrol spokesman.

Maj. Everett Clendenin, who served as spokesman for the state agency for nine years, resigned one week ago amid an internal investigation into inappropriate text messages to his secretary.

He had been on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the probe, which began two weeks ago.

In the text messages, Clendenin refers to the woman as "addicting." He also calls her "sweetie and cutie."

Clendenin sent hundreds of text messages to the woman over a three-month period.

"I do know you and I luv (sic) what I see," one message on May 28 read.

"I can only speak for me you can't hide your true feelings. Your eyes and smile tell the whole story," he wrote later that day.

Throughout the text messages, Clendenin used emoticons for kisses and hearts.

On May 30, Clendenin sent the following message, " Yea u would not be laughing if u knew what I was thinking. You'd be moaning."

A June 6 message read, "You were on fire last night."

"I used poor judgment while exchanging text messages with a co-worker. Most of our messages had little meaning because we both were cutting up; however, I realize my conduct was not professional and this should not have happened," Clendenin said in a statement. "I have apologized to my family, friends, (Department of Crime Control and Public Safety) Secretary (Reuben) Young, and (Highway Patrol Commander) Col. (Randy) Glover for the embarrassment my actions have caused."

Clendenin, who had been with the patrol since May 1988, was promoted to major in March and served as the head of its Support Services.

Ex-Highway Patrol spokesman's texts released Ex-Highway Patrol spokesman's texts released

He began working in the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety's Public Affairs Office as a sergeant in December 2001, and in recent years, defended the patrol's integrity after several cases of trooper misconduct – ranging from profiling to sexual misconduct to animal abuse.

Clendenin told WRAL News that there was no physical contact between him and the secretary in the matter that is under investigation.

Both Gov. Bev Perdue and Glover have adopted a zero-tolerance policy for misconduct issues – a measure, Young said, to which the Patrol is committed to keep the confidence and trust of the people.

"I think 99 percent of the members of the Highway Patrol get up every day committed to doing a good job, and I would dare say, do a good job," Young said. "I think it's unfortunate that when you have incidences that involve individuals who make bad decisions that it's a reflection on the patrol."

In May, Glover sent a memo to all troopers saying those who embarrass the organization would be "dealt with."

"It's unfortunate, from time to time, that we have people who make bad decisions, exercise poor judgment," Young said. "And when they do that, we address those issues within the confines and the policies of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol."

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  • the people Jul 9, 2010

    Employee's are judged different than those in charge;there is are double STANDARDS,not just in some places!!!! You got to live it, to know it!!!!!!! Garrity Rule : read see what they tried to do to that Captain!!!!!!

  • ALgndNMyOwnMnd Jul 9, 2010

    Her text messages to him cannot be released as she was using her own personal phone.
    His texts on the other hand, were made on a phone paid for by us taxpayers... this makes them subject to our scrutiny.
    For those defending him, I bet you wouldn't feel the same if it were YOUR wife or family.
    The people in these positions of authority should definitely be held to a higher standard, and I'm glad to see they are.

  • ncnan Jul 2, 2010

    It is time to bring back integrity to all areas of the workplace, not just the Highway Patrol. Yes, cheating goes on all the time. Does that make it right? The consequences of such behavior reach far and deep into lives besides the people who engage in such behavior. You will save yourself a heap of trouble if you never allow yourself to be in a situation where your marriage vows are compromised. Speaking from experience...

  • carolinaprincess62 Jul 2, 2010

    Those are some boring texts! Is that it?

  • Weetie Jul 2, 2010

    Poor guy...he could do so much better.

  • demo7691 Jul 2, 2010

    First I want to say that I feel sorry for his wife and kid to have to be put thru this type thing. I also feel sorry to the Husband of the secretary that I heard was a subordinate in the Patrol as well. But when you are caught in Myrtle Beach which really isnt that far away from Raleigh then its a little more than texting I hear. This will all pass because next week is a new week and someone in the Parol will do something to over shadow this Im sure. Good luck to the families.

  • annettetaylora3 Jul 1, 2010

    I think you all need to leave Clendenin alone. I have known Everett for a long time and he is a wonderful guy! Enough already. Let the guy have some peace.

  • tatermommy52 Jul 1, 2010

    Troopers gone crazy, teachers molesting kids, grand jury investigating everybody, economy in the pits, jobs going north and south on I-95. Vote Democratic!

  • BubbaDuke Jul 1, 2010

    Who cares who he flirts with?

  • deton8tor Jul 1, 2010

    I'm not reading through all the post but THE GUY HAS Lost HIS JOB ALREADY!! What Is the point now of continuing to carry this story other the prurient interest? Move ON! It's over.

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