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Advisory panel discusses adding more Highway Patrol supervision

Posted August 5, 2010 5:26 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2010 5:58 p.m. EDT

— A six-person advisory panel to help restructure the beleaguered state Highway Patrol discussed on Thursday adding more supervision within the ranks.

The panel talked about reassigning 18 patrol members from office duty at the headquarters building in downtown Raleigh back out into the field. The members reassigned would include captains, majors and other high ranking officers. The change would not be considered a demotion.

The goal would be to have one supervisor for every eight troopers in every district of North Carolina.

The panel also discussed coming up with criteria for a new patrol commander.

Col. Randy Glover unexpectedly announced last month that he would step down on Sept. 1, saying he didn't want to become a target for the patrol's critics.

Some committee members said they would be open to the idea of finding a new leader from outside the current ranks of the Highway Patrol.

Panel members are also looking at other policy changes, which could include more ethics training, with a focus on sexual harassment.

The panel includes former state Supreme Court Justice Burley Mitchell, University of North Carolina law professors Julius Chambers and Norma Houston, former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Peter Gilchrist and former state Court of Appeals Judge Ralph Walker.