Governor Considers Highway Patrol Oversight

North Carolina's governor is considering new oversight of the state's beleaguered Highway Patrol.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Gov. Beverly Perdue is talking with Mike Robertson, the commissioner of the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson confirms Perdue has discussed the possibility with Robertson but no formal offer has been made.

The governor met Wednesday with 160 patrol supervisors across the state, demanding an end to a string of embarrassing ethical lapses. But she made no leadership changes.

Perdue probably wouldn't be able to replace patrol commander Col. Randy Glover with Robertson because state law requires that the commander come from within the agency.

Robertson would not talk about the potential move.

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