Brian Curran: Moving SBI a bad idea

June 4, 2014 

I read with interest the June 4 news article “ Support grows for moving SBI under governor” regarding the proposal to move the SBI from the direction of an independently elected Attorney General to a department under the governor’s control.

Having spent a career in law enforcement in N.C., I think this is a very bad idea. With all due respect to Frank Perry’s position, the independence of the SBI regarding corruption investigations or other allegations of wrong-doing by state government would be severely compromised by this move, with the governor’s office – of any governor – essentially investigating itself with its hand-picked SBI director running the show.

Federal agencies that would normally partner with the SBI in such investigations would hesitate to do so once the SBI’s independence as a law enforcement entity came into question.

This move by state government doesn’t even have the appearance of independence or transparency. It seems to me to be more of a naked power grab by the current administration in an effort to diminish a potential rival for the governor’s office.

I hope that cooler heads prevail in Raleigh and that the independence of the SBI remains intact.

Brian Curran, Chapel Hill

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