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N.C. Highway Patrol commander sworn in

Posted December 3, 2010

— Col. Michael Gilchrist has been commander of the North Carolina Highway Patrol for nearly a month, and a ceremony at the State Capitol on Friday made his promotion to the top official.

Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state officials appeared at Gilchrist's swearing-in ceremony.

Gilchrist, a 24-year patrol veteran, replaced former commander Col. Randy Glover, who stepped down in late August after only a year on the job.

The 2,300-employee patrol has been beset by continued reports of troopers resigning or being fired for problems ranging from drunken driving arrests to sending inappropriate text messages.

N.C. Highway Patrol commander Col. Michael Gilchrist N.C. Highway Patrol commander sworn in

The 51-year-old Gilchrist is a Plymouth native who joined the patrol in 1986. He became deputy commander earlier this year.

"I take this appointment as an opportunity to make the Highway Patrol a better organization, to solidify organizational strengths, to improve weaknesses, and to improve things that will make us a stronger, more efficient, service-oriented organization," Gilchrist said. 


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  • 00100111 Dec 3, 2010

    Best of luck, do us proud... gonna be a long road to do that.

  • mountainboy92 Dec 3, 2010

    Good luck is all I can say. You have your work cut out for ya.

  • Road-wearier Dec 3, 2010

    Swearing out set for 30 June 2011.

  • Mugu Dec 3, 2010

    I give him 5 months before he gets caught in a scandal.

  • thehardway Dec 3, 2010

    Gilchrist is a pretty nice fella. Since the Minister of Propaganda (Clendenin) and Bevs boy "G"lover have gone, things are back to normal. Good luck Mike.

  • Homerun5thgxe Dec 3, 2010

    My wife and I know Mr. Gilchrist to be an outstanding person and a human being. Best Wishes to Col. Gilchrist on the task of cleaning house.