Highway Patrol Commander Retiring, No Word On Successor

The commander of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says he will step down barely a year after taking the post.

Col. Walter Wilson Jr. announced Tuesday he will retire effective August 1. The 49-year-old native was promoted to commander just last July.

When appointed last year, the Tarboro native lived in Greenville.

Wilson is a 29-year veteran of the patrol. He told colleagues in a message he's never regretted his career choice and says he's "worked hard to make things better for all employees."

Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Reuben Young said Wilson served honorably as commander and his dedication and commitment to highway safety is appreciated.

It's not clear who will be Wilson's successor. His predecessor -- Fletcher Clay -- served as commander for four years.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jun 24, 2009 at 06:15 AM
    Way to go Commander Wilson. NC needs more guys like him on the patrol. Somebody who does work that hard in their own field and has done well does deserve to retire at 49. My wife has a cousin who retired at 50 from the patrol a few years ago and he was a good man and a good hard worker. The State Highway Patrol receives all kinds of respect from me and so does this guy. Now the reward is hopefully going to be Perdue proof, meaning that none of her horrible decisions will affect him. Now it's time for him to start a new chapter of life, and that means fun and enjoyment.
  • by Garth Location: Wayne's World on Jun 23, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Smart man, get out before Bev screws thing up even more.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville, NC on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:31 PM
    Job well done Colonel.
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