State Upholds Firing Of Kinston-Based Trooper

The firing of a Kinston-based state trooper has been upheld by the State Personnel Commission.

Ronald Ezzell, Jr was let go for showing an obscene image to a teller at the State Employees Credit Union last October.

Ezzell was a heicopter pilot with 19 years with the Highway Patrol.

Earlier this month an administrative law judge upheld the decision to fire Ezell as well.

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A judge has upheld the firing of a Highway Patrol trooper from Eastern Carolina.

Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison, Jr. said the state's decision to fire former Kinston-based trooper Ronald Ezzell, Jr. "should be left undisturbed."

"While I may have decided to impose a lesser sanction based upon the maxim, 'Justice tempered with mercy,' for a veteran trooper, I am not convinced that these officials acted erroneously," Morrison wrote in his decision.

Ezzell admitted that showing an obscene picture to a bank teller from the drive-through lane was a joke in bad taste, but he didn't think he should lose his job over it. Ezzell was in a marked highway patrol car at the time. Brittany Dunn, the woman working at the branch of the State Employees Credit Union branch in Kinston testified against Ezzell at his appeal hearing last month.

Ezzell lost his job in March. He worked for the Highway Patrol for 19 years.

The North Carolina Personnel Commission will now make the final decision about Ezzell's job.

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