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Perdue to name new N.C. Highway Patrol commander

Posted October 28, 2010 5:37 p.m. EDT
Updated October 29, 2010 6:22 a.m. EDT

North Carolina State Highway Patrol

— Gov. Bev Perdue plans to announce on Friday a new commander for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Chrissy Pearson, a spokeswoman for the governor, said Thursday.

Col. Randy Glover retired from the post in September amid a restructuring of the agency after a number of incidents involving troopers accused of inappropriate or questionable conduct.

Glover said in July that he was stepping away from the post because the troubles, which included profiling, drunken driving, animal abuse and sex on duty, had become a distraction for the patrol and that his leadership had become a target of critics.

A special panel appointed by Perdue recommended that she hire someone with a solid record in the Highway Patrol who has completed outside leadership training courses.

In addition to reorganizing the agency, Perdue also mandated ethics training and required that all troopers sign a code of conduct.

"We've had our incidents. They've been public over the last period of time, but that 1 percent of our total work force, doesn't excuse it," Highway Patrol Field Training Coordinator Lt. Charles Lee said Thursday.

Trooper Philip Dixson said members of the patrol are expected to lead by example.

"It's something that I try to remember everyday I put my uniform on. I want to respect all the people that came before me. I want to set a good example for the younger generation coming behind me," Dixson said.