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State panel upholds trooper's firing

Posted August 21, 2012 12:21 p.m. EDT
Updated August 21, 2012 12:51 p.m. EDT

— 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.