RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue picked a longtime state trooper to lead the Highway Patrol.
Perdue named Lt. Col. Randy Glover to the position of colonel of the Highway Patrol.
Glover, who currently serves as director of field operations, will assume his new role Aug. 1. He replaces Col. Walter J. Wilson Jr., who announced last week that he is retiring.
"Lt. Col. Glover has demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his career with the patrol," Perdue said in a statement.
"I am confident that he will serve this state and the more than 2,300 Highway Patrol employees with honor and distinction," she said.
Glover, a Nashville, Tenn., native, has served on the patrol since 1980, when he was assigned to Harnett County. Glover is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Ky. Glover is a member of the Southern Police Institute Association.
In addition, Perdue appointed Maj. Wellington Scott to fill the position of lieutenant colonel that Glover is vacating. Scott will assume his new role Aug. 1. Lt. Col. Jamie Hatcher will remain in his position as deputy commander.
The state Highway Patrol was created in 1929. It now employs 1,823 troopers and covers more than 78,000 miles of roadways.
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