New Highway Patrol Commander May Be Outsider

North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue will consider hiring someone from outside the Highway Patrol to be the troubled agency's new commander.

A state law requires the governor to appoint someone from within the ranks to take over the Highway Patrol, but a Perdue spokeswoman told The News & Observer of Raleigh that the governor will not restrict her search to in-house candidates.

Col. Randy Glover announced last week he is leaving as commander at the end of August after a series of scandals in the department tarnished the Highway Patrol's reputation.

Perdue might have trouble hiring someone from outside the patrol. Lawmakers went home earlier this month and she would have to call for a special session to bring them back before next year.

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