Gov. Beverly Perdue said today she did not disclose that her choice for state Highway Patrol commander had been moved from his post early in his career after being caught in an extramarital affair because it wasn't relevant to the job he could do "for the people of North Carolina."
Patrol Commander Randy Glover earlier this week admitted to The News & Observer that he had been transferred when he was a trooper based in Harnett County 22 years ago after his supervisor learned he was having an affair with a sheriff's dispatcher. Glover, 49, was moved to New Bern, where he spent much of his 29-year career with the patrol.
Perdue, Glover and his direct boss, N.C. Crime Control Secretary Reuben Young, had declined to explain the transfer four months ago when Perdue appointed Glover to lead the patrol.
In a telephone news conference from China, where Perdue is seeking to drum up business for the state, the governor said the affair was not news.
She noted to an N&O reporter that the affair happened "nearly 25 years ago," and that Glover was serving as lieutenant colonel at the time she appointed him.
"That's pretty close to the top, and so regardless of the articles you continue to write, this is a man who is lieutenant colonel of the Highway Patrol, he had an affair nearly 25 years ago, he's married with two beautiful little daughters and I really, really am disappointed in this kind of journalism," Perdue said. "And did I disclose it? I will have to be very honest with you, I never once in any interview for any position ask anyone about their sexual preference, their sexual orientation, or their past marital history.
"I didn't figure it had a thing to do with the job they could do for the people of North Carolina."
In the past three years the patrol has been rocked with a series of cases in which troopers have been accused of sexual misbehavior on and off the job. Glover's affair has raised questions as to whether he can impartially discipline troopers who have been involved in similar conduct.
The patrol has high standards when it comes to moral conduct, and last month Glover told the 1,800 troopers under his command that they need to be "morally and ethically beyond reproach."
Perdue, in her remarks, suggested that she might not have known about the affair, but Glover said this week that he had advised the governor that it was in his background.
"It's one of those things that she needed to know," Glover said. "I wasn't going to go into this thing blind, and I didn't want her to go into this blind."
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