McCrory and Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan announced Col. William "Bill" Grey is the new commander of the state Highway Patrol, Greg Baker will be director of the Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement and former Clayton police chief Glen Allen is now chief of the State Capitol Police. The announcement included a swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber of the old Capitol.
"These men have compiled exemplary records in law enforcement and are well equipped to carry out their new responsibilities," said Governor Pat McCrory. "I am confident the people of North Carolina will be well served by these appointments."
Colonel Grey is a former Marine from Cary. He came to the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1991 and has worked in the technical services branch of the Highway Patrol where he headed up equipment purchases and IT work.
Lt. Col. Gary Bell - who'd been in the job as acting commander - is now Deputy Commander.
Baker is currently a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As ALE director, he will oversee the agency that enforces the state alcohol, tobacco, lottery and gambling laws.
Allen has been the chief of the Clayton Police Department since 2006. He was also the chief of Henderson Police Department for nine years. State Capitol Police provides security for workers and visitors at the state government complex in downtown Raleigh. The agency has been without a permanent chief since last summer, following the death of Chief Scott Hunter.