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New law enforcement leaders named

Five new officials who will lead state law enforcement agencies were announced and sworn in at a ceremony in the State Capitol on Thursday.

Col. William J. Grey, 52, of Cary is the new commander of the State Highway Patrol. He has been with the patrol since 1991.

Gregory K. Baker, 49, of Raleigh will be the new director of the state Alcohol Law Enforcement. He is currently an FBI agent and has been assigned to the Triangle since 2008.

Glen B. Allen, 54, of Clayton will be the new chief of the State Capitol Police. Allen is currently the police chief in Clayton.

In addition, two veteran state troopers were promoted to senior positions in the SHP: Lt. Col. Gary L. Bell, who has been acting commander of the patrol since January, was named deputy commander. Billy T. Clayton II was promoted to major.

The ceremony in the Old House Chamber was packed with law enforcement officials, politicians and family members.

Gov. Pat McCrory thanked the new leadership team and law enforcement in general for their service, and promised to give them the support they need.

Kieran Shanahan, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, said it was an historic occasion as the newly formed department that he heads has an entirely new leadership team in place.

“If we don’t live in a safe world, then all our liberties are diminished,” Shanahan said.

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