Highway Patrol Troopers Promoted At Ceremony Closer To Home

By: April Davis/ Brandon Hardison
By: April Davis/ Brandon Hardison

Seven North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers were promoted during a ceremony Friday for Troop A with a new ceremony closer to home in Greenville.

The Highway Patrol used to do all of the ceremonies in Raleigh, but now they take place at each troops headquarters. Troop A is one of 8 Troops in the state covering 20 counties based out of Greenville. There were two promotions to 1st Sergeant and five troopers promoted to Sergeants. Also two civilian Highway Patrol employees were promoted.

Colonel Michael Gilchrist says these men will be first line supervisors and Friday was a day to recognize their outstanding accomplishments.

"Each of these young men are leaders. They represent the tone of the organization. They set the mark. Truly these ranks are the most important for the organization." said Col. Gilchrist


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  • by Graham Location: raleigh on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:29 PM
    I personally want to thank Sgt. Sales for doing a fine job and having the integrity to support and enforce the laws even if you know the violator or if they are a stranger. You are an outstanding trooper and thought highly of in the community. Your record sure shows it. God bless you
  • by BHG Location: Williamston on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    I intimately know one of the personnel being promoted, and can verify that he has the highest concern for the standards of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, its employees, and its public image. His principles and ethics are above reproach. He has served the North Carolina Highway Patrol honorably for many years. Not only is he an exemplary person on his job, but he has given of himself to the youth in his community in countless ways, and many times with sacrifice to other high priorities in his life. If we could find men and women with the qualities on this man to fill our strategic, public and private positions, our country would likely not be in the condition that it is now in. Your generalized negative comments aimed at some of our best people are out of place. Sure, there are isolated errors in making promotions, but they are rare and should not cast a dark shadow on those who have proven their merit.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    Kip Sales should not be promoted. He harrasses people.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to
      Who exactly does Kip harrass? Speeders, drunk drivers????? Good job Kip. Keep it up and thanks for keeping the us safe.
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        by Graham on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM in reply to
        I bet the percentage of naysayers is also a very high percentage that they do not have a valid NCDL :) It is not a troopers fault that they broke a law. They just have to enforce it.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM in reply to
      AMEN all he does is stack up unnecessary charges on people just to make himself look good statistically.
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        by Your Clueless on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:19 PM in reply to
        Easy to see who he has caught and the ones breaking the laws. They are usually the ones talking junk. You must not really know him either, because he had already been promoted over a year before the ceremony. It's not an easy job to do, but i've never seen him be unfair.
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          by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM in reply to Your Clueless
          You have never seen be unfair, because you are one of the people standing in the parking lot of the walmart talking to him while he is on duty.
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          by Graham on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM in reply to Your Clueless
          Walmart can tend to attract a lot of law breakers, Probably a better chance to catch a law breaker at Walmart than Starbuck's. Actually a smart move on the troopers part.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM
    Colonel kept saying these "men", if you look real hard I believe there may be a woman in there. Recognize them all Col.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM in reply to
      She didn't get promoted
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        by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM in reply to
        OK, sorry. Then she shouldn't have been up there with the ones that were.
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          by To anon @ 09:07 on Jan 23, 2012 at 06:22 PM in reply to
          She (Major Poole) was up there because she has already been promoted to the 3rd highest in the state. She can about go to any SHP function and stand anywhere she wants.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 04:51 PM in reply to
      Looked like Wendy to me
  • by laura Location: greenville on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:22 AM
    Congrats on the promotion. I don't see it as a waste of tax dollars- as in any other job, if you work hard, go above and beyond what is expected of you, you should be given the chance to advance. If you think punching a clock everyday with no opportunities for advancement, no raises, and no recognition is a good basis for an economy, read a little about Russian history.
  • by Annoyed on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    Ah promoting more wastes of tax dollars. What a waste of money.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM in reply to Annoyed
      People that make comments like this one are a waste.
  • by Anon Location: Beaufort Co. on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    Congratulations to those promoted! Thank you for keeping our roads safe! You do a fine job!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 03:28 AM
    Can you tell us who was promoted, this is a sorry story without all the information.
  • by Susan Location: Martin County on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM
    I agree that they should have mentioned names and I think I recognized one. Congratulations to them!
  • by Big Man Location: Washington on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    I thought the Troop A headquarters were actually based out of Williamston, not Greenville.
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      by April Davis on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:44 PM in reply to Big Man
      Troop A Communications is in Williamston. The Headquarters and Garage are in Greenville.
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