Gov. Bev Perdue today has picked six people to guide the State Highway Patrol as it seeks to recover from a spate of embarrassing revelations involving misconduct by troopers.
Perdue has asked the bipartisan group to advise N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Reuben Young on a selection process for picking a commander to replace Col. Randy Glover, who resigned last week.
Perdue also asked the six to develop recommendations on the patrol's structure and policies, on changes the legislature might enact and on ways to rebuild the patrol's reputation for integrity and honor.
The members’ backgrounds include expertise in law enforcement, state government and the business and legal communities.
The six members are:
Burley Mitchell: Former chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court who also was a former secretary of the crime control department.
Julius Chambers: Law professor and director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC-Chapel Hill and former chancellor of N.C. Central University.
Chris Swecker: Former assistant director of the criminal division of the FBI who is now a lawyer and global security and fraud consultant based in Charlotte.
Peter Gilchrist: District attorney for Mecklenburg County since 1975.
Ralph Walker: Former N.C. Court of Appeals judge and former director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.
Norma Houston: A member of the faculty at the UNC School of Government who specializes in ethics and emergency management law.
"This panel’s insight and experience will be especially beneficial as we chart a new course for the Patrol that will reestablish their reputation as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the nation," Perdue said. “The men and women who serve – and our citizens – deserve nothing less.”
The panel's report is due Sept. 1.