Perdue plans 'significant' changes in Highway Patrol

North Carolina Highway Patrol

July 5, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
Fed up with a long list of scandals and problems within the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Governor Beverly Perdue's spokesperson said Tuesday that she'll announce "significant" changes within the organization on Wednesday.

Perdue planned to make her announcement following a meeting with about 160 Highway Patrol supervisors in Raleigh. The meeting was not to be open to the media. Spokesperson Chrissy Pearson would not say if a change in leadership for the department was planned.

Perdue named Colonel Randy Glover to lead Patrol a year ago.

The Governor's announcement comes on the heels of the resignation of a top ranking member of the Patrol late last month.

Major Everett Clendenin stepped down after thousands of text messages surfaced that he'd sent to a subordinate, suggesting an inappropriate relationship.

Clendenin has denied any physical contact between himself and the woman - calling the text messages "poor judgment."

Clendenin was the public face of the Highway Patrol for about nine years - serving as the department's spokesperson.

Clendenin's resignation came amidst a series of other embarrassments for the Highway Patrol. Officers have been investigated in recent years for everything from inappropriate sex, K-9 abuse, posting inappropriate videos online, and drunk driving.

After Clendenin's resignation, Perdue told reporters: "This is just a mark on the Patrol. It's wrong. And everybody from Murphy to Manteo has to shape up and understand that zero tolerance is enforced in this administration."

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