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Three Highway Patrol Communications Centers heading for chopping block

Gov. Pat McCrory is proposing to close three of the state's eight Highway Patrol Communications centers in a move that officials say is aimed at consolidation and government efficiencies.

The governor's budget proposes to close communications centers in Asheville, Greensboro, and Williamston that officials say will RIF 36 civilian positions and save $1.88 million.

As part of the consolidation, 12 other civil positions will be moved to other Highway Patrol communications centers. In addition, 10 vacant positions at the three centers will be eliminated.

Officials said that new communications equipment, they will be able to fill in the gap.

“With advancements in technology, we will be able to manage this reorganization and do not anticipate any impact on response times,” Kieran Shanahan, the public safety secretary, said in a statement.

“Should the consolidation be included in the final budget,” Shanahan said, “we will do all we can to assist the employees who are affected.''

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