Highway Patrol commander to retire

June 23, 2009 

— The commander of the state Highway Patrol announced today that he will retire Aug. 1.

Col. Walter J. Wilson Jr., a native of Tarboro, has served on the state Highway Patrol since 1980 when he was first assigned to Troop C, District III, in Raleigh.

He was sworn in as colonel last July and served as the Highway Patrol’s 23rd patrol commander.

"Col. Wilson has served the Highway Patrol honorably during his 29 years of service to the state of North Carolina," said Reuben Young, Secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, in a statement. "We appreciate his dedication and commitment to highway safety."

"I have never regretted my career choice," Wilson wrote in a letter to the patrol. "As colonel I have worked hard to make things better for all employees. "

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