WRAL Investigates

Stay-at-home Highway Patrol sergeant fired

Posted May 17

— A State Highway Patrol sergeant whom WRAL Investigates found at home last fall when he was supposed to be working is now staying home all the time after the agency fired him.

Sgt. Maurice DeValle was terminated on April 25. He has about another week to appeal the firing.

Highway Patrol officials declined to comment.

WRAL Investigates spent weeks last fall tracking DeValle on various days he was working and routinely found his cruiser in the driveway of his Wake County home while he was on the clock, including while other Highway Patrol troopers were working overtime during and after Hurricane Matthew responding to stranded drivers and keeping people off flooded roads.

According to Highway Patrol policy, troopers "... must be in their assigned duty station at the beginning of their assigned shift."

On at least four occasions from early October to mid-November, DeValle was at home despite reporting that he was on the road or on duty in Wayne County, where the 18-year Highway Patrol veteran was one of the agency's highest-ranking officers.

After WRAL Investigates took its information to the Highway Patrol, officials placed DeValle on administrative duty and took away his cruiser, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Last month, the agency placed him on investigatory leave, which allowed him to continue staying home while collecting his $69,000 salary.

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  • Henry Cooper May 18, 4:43 a.m.
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    This seems like such a simple fix.

    HP cruisers don't have any kind of GPS monitoring on board? If not they should for this kind of thing and the safety of the Troopers when they need assistance. If nothing else they can be tracked via cell tower just like a cell phone as the PC in the cars are connected on the same cell networks. How hard is it to look at someone's time card, see they were not where they claimed, and fire them.

    Answer... the state has to complicate things that are really straight forward and simple and it should drive us all crazy and creates unneeded burdens on us monetarily. The diff is the for the business owner it is his money, for the fat cats that ignored this or the folks that took 6 moths to fire him, it was our money not theirs.

    Seriously, what happened on April 25th got him fired that did not exist on Jan 25th. There was no "smoking gun" to uncover this was a time card audit... and it took 6 months and cost us at least 30k in salary the state paid.

  • Eric Davis May 17, 5:30 p.m.
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    Its called time theft. Cost employers millions a year. Billions to taxpayers with numerous cases as such with the trooper. I'm sure he has done some good things and probably a nice guy. If a 15/hr employee cheats 15 min a day for a year it costs the employer $975 for that one employee.

  • J.D. Howell May 17, 4:12 p.m.
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    Love thy neighbor as thyself hold no merit in here I see. The world is full of hatred and envy.

  • Joey Cuddington May 17, 2:04 p.m.
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    The sad thing is -- WRAL brought this to light and not other troopers.....

  • Rod Runner May 17, 12:11 p.m.
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    View quoted thread


    So, that's what's important to you? Not the fact that he was at home when he reported he was at work? Not the fact that he was wasting taxpayer money for nothing?

    It's not like this investigation will stop at one trooper. This is an embarrassment to the NCHWP and they will be looking into everyone now to make sure it doesn't come to their attention this way again.

    You think WRAL came up with this on their own? I imagine that a fellow trooper told this to WRAL after trying to tell it to his boss. Or this guy was his boss and he didn't want to go over his head and then be ostracized.

  • Kiara Babel May 17, 12:01 p.m.
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    I was wondering where they were, you just don't see troopers out like you use to a few years ago. The highways and interstates are nothing more then races tracks, I drive usually 5 miles over on the interstates and still get blown away and even gestured at In The right lane. The speed limits are not enforced hardly at all.

  • Lynn Stewart May 17, 11:40 a.m.
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    So, what did this trooper do to you? Ticket? DWI? Why else would a WRAL producer spend so much time and effort to try and get a trooper fired? Are you hoping that he won't show up in court now?

  • Mitchell Haas May 17, 11:37 a.m.
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    Wral investigated this? Stupid

  • Catherine Edwards May 17, 11:06 a.m.
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    Now if we could purge other employees across government that don't do their job we can save taxpayer money. Get these people off the government dole.

  • Brent Hall May 17, 10:52 a.m.
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    He received what he deserved!!