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State panel upholds trooper's firing

Posted August 21, 2012

— The State Personnel Commission has upheld the North Carolina State Highway Patrol's firing of a trooper last year for conducting outside business while on duty.

Trooper Hubert Sealey, 46, was dismissed May 3, 2011. He had been assigned to Troop B in Fayetteville.

An internal investigation determined that Sealey, who also is a Robeson County commissioner, often carried a county-issued cellphone while on duty and made and received calls on behalf of a mental health agency operated by his wife.

Sealey, who is black, challenged his dismissal, saying it was racially motivated. But an administrative law judge and the Personnel Commission have both ruled that he hasn't proved any discrimination.

He has 30 days to petition for a court review of the rulings.


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  • timtooltime777 Aug 21, 2012

    Here we go again ! I am sick of the Card !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pbjbeach Aug 21, 2012

    This state of north carolina is wrought with corruption over issues of this nature regardless of the race of the indivsual involved . there is no real fariness at all within the ranks of state government an the state personnel commisssion of which state employees are forced to utlize with regards to any personnel issues an this is must certainly true with in the ranks of the NCDOT where that they routinuely allow for the influence of private enitys such as contracting enitys too be allowed to have undue in the decesion making process that utlimatelteffect the lives of many state employees just because they or their companys have made a political contrubtion to some state politican campaign coffers an they decied that for some reason that they want an indivsual to be terminated an thusly it is made to happen thru state government an the politicans regardless of the facts surrounding these issues be they true or false . fothey will use trumped up an unture issues if that is what it ta

  • pbjbeach Aug 21, 2012

    In my own personal estimation the admistrative judges very rarely get to hear the truth an nothing but the truth in these case beform they are issusing thier so called rulings state employee need to be able to have a fair n just hearing before a real jury of their peers/ the taxpayers of this state in a court room seting an not hidden out of the purview of the general public eyes an hearing so that they can really experience the real facts surrounding state personnel issues where that they the taxpayers are paying the salarys of these state employees. but this would never work for then the politicans an the contracting enitys wopuld be able to stand the light that would end up being shown upon them if the real truth was allowed to be heared in a courtroom with a real jury being allowed to hear the evidence in these matters an allowed for a jury to have the final decesion making process over these issues the states personnel commission is one totaly useless anhighly biased agency in t

  • jjsmith1973 Aug 21, 2012

    Boney based on, I am white for one but two I speak against cops on here all the time and see them getting away with much worst things constantly in this state. Much worst. That is what I'm basing it on. This man made a mistake and should be administratively punished no doubt. With the record of the state punishing troopers doing far worst That effects other what this man did is nothing. I already gave an example. The man that beat his k9 dog on video not fired. The two troopers from wrightsville that got caught texting about trumping up DWI charges back on duty, there are excessive force complaints pending in a couple counties now in couple other case. Yet this man used official time for an unofficial function and gets fired? Something else played a part. Hmm

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 21, 2012

    " . . . . . this seems to be leaning that way" Really?!!! And based upon what? You "concluded"?. Again, based upon what?

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 21, 2012

    When da white people gonna get a race card?

  • jjsmith1973 Aug 21, 2012

    I 100 percent hate corruption within policing agencies but with all the troopers and other police forces with bigger problems such as excessive force issues. False statement issues and even the recent animal cruelty issue that was caught on tape of the k9 dog from a cop that not only they gave his job back but gave him back pay. This man used an official phone for unofficial business. Does it need to be addressed of course. I would think this would be an example of an administrative punishment would be adequate. Where as the other examples those deserved firings. Thus makes me conclude that maybe race was a factor because everyone knows that troopers have done a lot worst and I mean a lot and are still working. . Trust me I am not a fan of the race card but this seems to be leaning that way

  • tatermommy52 Aug 21, 2012

    The state of NC recognized two sets of people as minority candidates for employment. Blacks and females. These applicants are walked through the employment process and once employed are treated as walking civil suits for their careers.

  • native_son_2 Aug 21, 2012

    He wants to claim racism while simultaneously being a racist by whipping out the race card when there is no basis for such a claim. Well congratuations to him, because everytime someone like hims plays the card unjustly, it just makes it that much harder for people who ARE legitimately victims of racism to get justice. He should be ashamed of himself.

  • jasttn2 Aug 21, 2012

    Hey, if it is good enough for obama to claim, why can't the trooper claim it?? It's the going thing now to claim race was why I got fired, got demoted, got arrested, got rejected for a job. Get over it people and grow up