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Perdue to name new N.C. Highway Patrol commander

Posted October 28, 2010
Updated October 29, 2010

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

— Gov. Bev Perdue plans to announce on Friday a new commander for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Chrissy Pearson, a spokeswoman for the governor, said Thursday.

Col. Randy Glover retired from the post in September amid a restructuring of the agency after a number of incidents involving troopers accused of inappropriate or questionable conduct.

Glover said in July that he was stepping away from the post because the troubles, which included profiling, drunken driving, animal abuse and sex on duty, had become a distraction for the patrol and that his leadership had become a target of critics.

A special panel appointed by Perdue recommended that she hire someone with a solid record in the Highway Patrol who has completed outside leadership training courses.

In addition to reorganizing the agency, Perdue also mandated ethics training and required that all troopers sign a code of conduct.

"We've had our incidents. They've been public over the last period of time, but that 1 percent of our total work force, doesn't excuse it," Highway Patrol Field Training Coordinator Lt. Charles Lee said Thursday.

Highway Patrol cruiser generic Perdue to name new HP commander

Trooper Philip Dixson said members of the patrol are expected to lead by example.

"It's something that I try to remember everyday I put my uniform on. I want to respect all the people that came before me. I want to set a good example for the younger generation coming behind me," Dixson said.


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  • rroadrunner99 Oct 29, 2010

    Another qualification - not affiliated with the Good Old Boys (and Girls) of the NC Democratic Party! But that would be a hard thing to find.
    Tax Man
    GOLO member since January 19, 2008
    October 28, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    Who ever the Gov appoint's shouldn't be affiliated with either political party since he or she will be in charge of the State Highway Patrol. That's what's wrong with the leadership in North Carolina now everything Below the elected Official's is controlled by political affiliation's!. Change the Law, and hire some new leadership, someone without a blemished background to start with. Stop all this Fox guarding the henhouse going on in North Carolina.

  • independentvoter3 Oct 29, 2010

    Eduardo1... New headline update...

    N.C. Highway Patrol Commander Hired from Within.....AGAIN!!!

    Oh well, back to square one...

  • Eduardo1 Oct 29, 2010

    Lets get the headline & story update, this has already happened!!Q!

  • GWALLY Oct 29, 2010

    He will make it if he doesn't have texting or email, has a lock on his zipper, has tape over his mouth....and smiles and nods OK every time Bev is around...or is of good moral character...which ever guides him!!!! (you see...character actually DOES matter in life)

  • UNCfuturealumi Oct 29, 2010

    He is a strong politician...with a strong law enforcement background and involvement..My guess or he does not qualify..hold on...it is Friday...Bev gets it all done on Fridays so she does not have to answer the phone..I am ready for her to get onto the schools..get them straightened out..

  • btneast Oct 29, 2010

    It is that way and has been since the 1920s. Why hire someone from the outside when all department heads answer to the Governor anyway?

    Yep, and they ALL are political rewards.....always have been. Always will be, in every state in the nation. What has changed is the inability to hide the incidents like they have in the past.

  • George Costanza Oct 29, 2010

    and the new commander is.......Bill Harrison. Right Bev?

  • ratherbnwpb Oct 29, 2010

    Wasn't it mentioned early in the process that current state law requires that the commander be promoted from within the NCHP?

    It is that way and has been since the 1920s. Why hire someone from the outside when all department heads answer to the Governor anyway?

  • Junior Soprano Oct 29, 2010

    Lets see how long this one lasts.

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 29, 2010

    "So many of her appointments have been just as bad!" You guys should read the editorial on the new Revenue secretary in the W-S Journal!