Local News

Advisory panel discusses adding more Highway Patrol supervision

Posted August 5, 2010

— A six-person advisory panel to help restructure the beleaguered state Highway Patrol discussed on Thursday adding more supervision within the ranks.

The panel talked about reassigning 18 patrol members from office duty at the headquarters building in downtown Raleigh back out into the field. The members reassigned would include captains, majors and other high ranking officers. The change would not be considered a demotion.

The goal would be to have one supervisor for every eight troopers in every district of North Carolina.

The panel also discussed coming up with criteria for a new patrol commander.

Col. Randy Glover unexpectedly announced last month that he would step down on Sept. 1, saying he didn't want to become a target for the patrol's critics.

Some committee members said they would be open to the idea of finding a new leader from outside the current ranks of the Highway Patrol.

Panel members are also looking at other policy changes, which could include more ethics training, with a focus on sexual harassment.

The panel includes former state Supreme Court Justice Burley Mitchell, University of North Carolina law professors Julius Chambers and Norma Houston, former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Peter Gilchrist and former state Court of Appeals Judge Ralph Walker.

13 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • superman Aug 6, 4:56 p.m.

    All they need to do is to "terminate" people when they violate rules and the policy. Glover had an affair-- reasigned him and then eventually promoted to the top command. The guy doing the inappropriate text messages was allowed to quickly resign. Thus his personnel record is clean and he is free to get another job and do it again. Why werent they fired? SHP should stop protecting their own. It just makes them all look bad. More supervision wont stop "text messages" or troppers having sex on the hood of their cruiser. They are moral and personal values that have to be within a persons character.

  • pbjbeach Aug 6, 12:05 p.m.

    Since the state government is so much into the privatization of it's agency an their personals responsuibility why not just hire rent a cops an give them the dutys of the ncshp. an just see how that works out. state employee in general have been throughly scr---- over for way to long with decreased benefits to health insurance anhave gone way way to long without a significant raise that has totaly demorilized the moral within every state agency across this state an is in all likelyhood behind the performances of the rank an file state employees even though without raise they are professionaly enough to keep doing thier jobs dutys an performing in the best instrest of the states taxpaying citizens. but it is time for the citizens an the legicture an the governors office to remember these same employees an recongize them with a decent pay increase thank you

  • pbjbeach Aug 6, 11:53 a.m.

    If you ask me this is what is wrong with state government as a whole as that it isbeing to heavely micro-managed with in the ranks of every state agency across this state an most especially within the NCDOT AN THE MATERIALS & TEST UNIT THANK YOU

  • Sherlock Aug 6, 11:13 a.m.

    Too many Chief's not enough privates".

  • 1BigEx Aug 6, 9:48 a.m.

    Highest speed was 105 and the guy blew .16 at 2 in the afternoon on a Wedneday.

  • 1BigEx Aug 6, 9:24 a.m.

    mydadisdeadbutimadadnow: Thats funny, my shift alone in Jo.Co. wrote over 200 speeding alone on I40 Sun. afternoon through Thur. afternoon. If they were speeding along that stretch it wasn't for long.

  • demo7691 Aug 6, 9:19 a.m.

    I think there are even more office positions that can be replaced with civilian positions to put sworn officers back on the street

  • waitingforthegermans Aug 6, 8:36 a.m.

    I can go for miles on 40 and NOT see ONE trooper any where.....
    and that's while driving the speed limit, with cars flying by me as if I'M NOT MOVING......I use cruise control a lot too, I know my exact speed at all times, and I don't even HAVE or NEED a stupid cell phone

  • sniperdiver Aug 6, 8:31 a.m.

    Where is the money coming from to pay for all these new supervisor? State Employees havn't had a raise in years because the state is broke. We are creating new supervisory positions. What are the current supervisors getting paid to do?

  • disgusted2010 Aug 6, 8:14 a.m.

    The idea of span of control was put forward by V. A. Graicunas in 1933. It was widely dropped in the 1950's as being too restrictive. There are too many variables involved in managing people to use a hard and fast number. Just because it is may still be used does not mean that it is not out dated.

More...