26 Year Patrol Veteran Must Restore Public’s Confidence in Agency Beset With incidents of Trooper Misconduct
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Beverly Perdue is promoting the North Carolina Highway Patrol’s deputy commander to the top job at the beleaguered law enforcement agency.
Perdue said Friday she is replacing former patrol commander Col. Randy Glover with Lt. Colonel Michael Gilchrist.
Glover stepped down in August after only a year on the job. The 1,800-member patrol has been beset by continued reports of trooper misconduct. Troopers have resigned or been fired for problems ranging from drunken driving arrests to sending inappropriate text messages.
A panel appointed by Perdue recommended that she stick with current promotion rules that make it very difficult for an outsider to run the agency.
Gilchrist is a Plymouth native who has served on the patrol since 1986.