Winston-Salem native named as new commander of N.C. Highway Patrol


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–Gov. Pat McCrory named Col. William J. Grey Thursday as commander of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. He is a 22-year veteran of the agency.

Grey, 52, a 1979 graduate of Parkland High School in Winston-Salem, was sworn in during a ceremony in the old Capitol in Raleigh. He immediately took over command of the highway patrol, which has a budget of $184 million and 1,450 sworn troopers.

Grey, of Cary, said he appreciated that McCrory appointed him to the post, making him the 26th commander of the highway patrol. He replaces former Col. Michael Gilchrist, who retired in February.

“As a team, the men and women of the N.C. Highway Patrol will continue to move forward and provide excellent service to the people of North Carolina and look after each other,” Grey said.

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