Governor Wants To Close Williamston Highway Patrol Communications Center

If you need a state trooper, your phone call might soon be answered in Raleigh, instead of Eastern Carolina.

Governor Pat McCrory is proposing the closure of three Highway Patrol communication centers in the state, including the one in Williamston.

The Williamston center handles communications for Troop A, which is made up of 20 counties, east of I-95.

A Department of Public Safety spokeswoman says if the governor's budget is approved, 12 of the 16 employees in Williamston would lose their jobs, while four would be relocated.

Pam Walker says if the centers close, the state would save $1.88 million a year. Walker says they do not anticipate any impact on response times if the governor's plan is approved by lawmakers.

Other communication centers being closed under the proposal are in Asheville and Greensboro.