Col. Michael Gilchrist has taken the oath of office as the new commander of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, almost a month after he was appointed to the position.
Gov. Beverly Perdue and other state officials were on hand as Gilchrist was sworn in at the State Capitol on Friday.
Gilchrist, a 24-year patrol veteran, replaces former commander Col. Randy Glover, who stepped down in late August after only a year on the job. The 2,300-employee patrol has been beset by continued reports of troopers resigning or being fired for problems ranging from drunken driving arrests to sending inappropriate text messages.
The 51-year-old Gilchrist is a Plymouth native who joined the patrol in 1986. He became deputy commander earlier this year.
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