Some friends of N.C. Highway Patrol Col. Randy Glover have written in support of the departing commander in a letter that is simply too long to print. For a photo gallery of Glover and the governor, go here.
We are writing this letter in response to the recent reports regarding the N.C. State Highway Patrol and Col. Randy Glover's leadership abilities.
We feel that Col. Glover was unfairly criticized not only by the media but by Gov. Bev Perdue as well. Col. Glover is responsible for leading the NCSHP, and Gov. Perdue placed him in that position after he worked his way through the ranks over the last 30 years. We believe it was unfair of the governor and the media to insinuate that Col. Glover was in some way responsible for the disappointing actions of his patrolmen. These men are adults, and they were trained, just as Col. Glover was, in an elite school that provides the state with the best of the best. They all know right from wrong, and they all know the consequences that come with violating the rules and regulations of the Patrol.
We feel that Gov. Perdue should have let Col. Glover deal with his Patrol on his own rather than showboating for the cameras and having her spokesperson deliver ominous messages as if she were the Godfather. Col. Glover was not given the chance to right the wrongs of his patrolmen and work to revamp the image of the Patrol. The Governor did not give him that chance. However, he did his job by firing those who committed these violations.
Col. Glover has done a tremendous job maintaining his dignity and honor during the past year as Commander especially considering he was under fire from the very first day. Bringing up one of his personal discrepancies from over 25 years ago to try and discredit him and his leadership was a low blow. Col. Glover has a family, a wife and three children including one who is only 10 years old, and for them to have to see that in the media was disgusting.
However, Col. Glover held his head up high and never denied his mistake. That mistake in no way negatively affected his ability to lead the Patrol, and his admission of it only proved even more that he is an honorable and honest man with a great deal of integrity. He has chosen to retire, not resign as the media and the Governor stated, because he has served North Carolina for 30 years and has decided to spend more time with his family.
Yes, his retirement comes in the middle of the much- hyped scandals of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, but in no way is he running away. He has chosen to retire rather than continue to be raked over the coals by the media for his daughters to see.
We have known Col. Randy Glover and his family for many years, and they are a wonderful, strong family unit. He loves his wife and his girls with all he has, and he can now dedicate his time to them after proudly serving the NCSHP for 30 years.
We are very proud of you, Randy!!!
Sam & Gail Gurganus