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Advisory panel discusses hiring interim patrol commander

Posted August 24, 2010
Updated August 25, 2010

— A six-person advisory panel appointed to help restructure the beleaguered state Highway Patrol met Tuesday to discuss the hiring of an interim 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.

Among the panel's recommendations was that the interim commander be someone with a solid record in the highway patrol and who passes rigorous background checks, according to panel member Burley Mitchell.

Panel members are also looking at policy changes, which could include more ethics training and the reassigning of some patrol members from office to field duty.

Gov. Beverly Perdue formed the panel after misconduct cases involving troopers.

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

Mitchell said the panel revised a draft of their report Tuesday.  The final report is due by Sept. 1.

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  • leo-nc Aug 25, 3:18 p.m.

    "And can someone PLEASE tell me when WRAL added "humorlessness" as a prerequisite for posting?"---

    They've gotten much worse then when they first started Golo a few years ago. Most of the good folks left, and the moderators have gotten REAL bad about what they allow and what they don't.

  • kodac31 Aug 25, 3:01 p.m.

    NCSHP Born, 1929 .. Died 2010

    Thanks a lot Bev!

  • TrixRidesAgain Aug 25, 12:42 p.m.

    Could it be that jbarron "misused" fathom (as "phantom") as a thinly veiled reference to a vile racial epithet? Could it be a deflection of their own closet racism? And can someone PLEASE tell me when WRAL added "humorlessness" as a prerequisite for posting?

  • leo-nc Aug 25, 12:40 p.m.

    "One thing that is for sure is that he has done more for North Carolina and ALL of its citizens than you will ever be able to phantom"---

    Yeah right. Nothing other than race baiting. Back in the day, the civil rights movement meant something. They stood for something positive and changes were made. Now, people like Barber, Jessie Jackson, Al shaprton do nothing but to break down what those before them fought so hard for. I get so sick of hearing cries of racism in certain situation where no racism exists, or the theme of someone's action has absolutely nothing to do with race. It's funny how they take up movements like the school board but they don't do anything about their crime rates within their own race.

  • tatermommy52 Aug 25, 12:15 p.m.

    Thats fathom.

  • ratherbnnc Aug 25, 12:08 p.m.

    jbarron4950,

    Ignore G-Man! He is just another closet racist.

  • jbarron4950 Aug 25, 9:17 a.m.

    Give it to the clown leading the NAACP. The governor thinks he has done so much for the state as it is.....G-man

    Here we go again with the Reverend Barber and NAACP attacks. You REALLY don't know anything about this man other than what you've been brainwashed to believe. One thing that is for sure is that he has done more for North Carolina and ALL of its citizens than you will ever be able to phantom. And I'm sure that you don't want even think about matching wits, intelligence and education with this man.

    Try sticking to the subject of the post.

  • G-man Aug 25, 8:21 a.m.

    Give it to the clown leading the NAACP. The governor thinks he has done so much for the state as it is.