Gov. Pat McCrory named Col. William J. Grey Thursday as commander of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. 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.