first nccu alum easley, now bev purdue is getting investigated again. full story
RALEIGH - Bev Perdue intervened in the mid-1990s while a state senator to get three troopers promoted, according to documents released about a previously revealed federal probe on Perdue's actions. One of the troopers was transferred to her hometown and became her choice to head the state Highway Patrol after she was elected governor.
The documents, revealed from a records request by Durham television station WTVD, focus on an FBI investigation of Perdue that examined a July 1995 one-car accident involving Perdue as part of a wider probe into patrol practices. A grand jury also was empaneled. The investigation of Perdue, a Democrat, was closed in 1998 due to insufficient evidence to proceed, according to a memo from the FBI's file.
The documents show interim Crime Control and Public Safety Secretary Brad Wilson told an FBI agent that in October 1995, Perdue wanted the officers added to a promotion list after a promotion review panel already had made its recommendations to then-Gov. Jim Hunt.
The names of the officers were redacted from the released FBI file, but WTVD, citing personnel and promotion records, said one of the three officers was Randy Glover, who served as patrol commander for about a year until last summer. He was promoted to first sergeant at the time and transferred from Morehead City to New Bern, WTVD reported.
The News & Observer of Raleigh also reported last summer that a retired Cabinet secretary said Perdue worked to get Glover's name added to the promotions list.
Perdue or her spokeswoman had denied in 2009 and 2010 that the governor had intervened to help Glover get promoted. In July, however, Perdue released a statement saying she had offered "many recommendations on which men and women deserved recognition at agencies throughout state government, including Randy Glover and other qualified troopers at the Highway Patrol."