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Beatty to step down as N.C. crime control secretary

Posted December 18, 2008
Updated December 19, 2008

— North Carolina Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Bryan Beatty told WRAL News Thursday he will leave the department to take a new position Gov. Mike Easley will announce soon.

Beatty has been in charge of the department since Easley took office in 2001. The Department of Crime Control and Public Safety includes the State Highway Patrol, the Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Emergency Management Division and the National Guard.

"I'm very proud of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety and the work we did over the past eight years," Beatty told the AP on Thursday night.

Beatty has been rumored to be in line for an opening on the North Carolina Utilities Commission or a state Superior Court seat, The News & Observer reported. While Beatty declined to say what his new job would be, he said he was proud of his service to the state and is looking forward to serving the citizens of North Carolina in his new position.

Beatty's tenure had its share of drama, however.

A trooper was fired last year over accusations he abducted two women and made sexual advances toward them. Another resigned after being accused of targeting young, female drivers for traffic stops. Several troopers were punished last year after being caught having sex while on duty, prompting Easley to seek an in-depth review of the Highway Patrol.

The patrol fired a trooper in September 2007 after camera-phone footage showed him kicking his K-9 partner, who was suspended from a railing. The state Office of Personnel decided that trooper, 13-year veteran Charles Jones, should be rehired and given back-pay. The patrol has appealed.


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  • urbizn Dec 19, 2008

    Glad to see that crooked puppet of SHP and Easley is going. GOOD RIDDANCE!

  • thinkb4uspeakplz Dec 19, 2008

    Thank Goodness he is out!!! Now a lot of other organizations will fair better. He was a finger puppet to Easley and seems to enjoy the ride as he is continuing in that roll. Cant wait for Sleasly to be gone with him!!!

  • jdlewis76 Dec 19, 2008

    Why does North Carolina even need a Department of Crime Control and Public Safety? That department should be abolished and its functions rolled over into the Justice Department. And while we're at it, consolidate the SBI, ALE, and Highway Patrol into one department, the North Carolina State Police. Streamlining would make a lot more sense, and it would probably save the taxpayers some money as well.

  • FE Dec 19, 2008

    Beatty has an excellent reputation, including prior head of the SBI, but when all is said and done he is still a political appointee.

    But exactly what are his qualifications to be a Superior Court judge?? Does he even have a law degree? .....I doubt it.


  • trainloadr Dec 19, 2008

    Easley protection. Make the move now istead of having to be moved out in a few weeks.

  • superman Dec 19, 2008

    He may be proud of what he did-- but in my opinion it was little or nothing. He just went to work and drew his big salary. The SHP is shameful and a disgrace to the state! He just looked away and did nothing to clean it up. Some people just have no conception of what doing a "good job" means.

  • UNCfuturealumi Dec 19, 2008

    I wonder how far down he can step when he leaves. So long. I did not enjoy my years working with him.

  • egriffin8278 Dec 19, 2008

    I agree with Anne. I have had the pleasure to work with Beatty for a number of years, in a different capacity than as part of his staff, and have found him to be a very smart, kind and capable individual. I wish him the best whatever his future endeavors might bring.

  • WHEEL Dec 19, 2008

    Sometimes it's better to jump than be pushed. Bev is going to clean up some of that mess in Raleigh.

  • zackwynne Dec 19, 2008

    Count me as another CCPS employee who agrees with Anne71! We are all big fans of Secretary Beatty and wishes he had stayed on.