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Longtime Charlotte police official nominated to lead SBI

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor has nominated a longtime officer and leader in Charlotte’s police department to be the next director of the State Bureau of Investigation.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that he’s chosen Robert Schurmeier for the post, pending confirmation by the General Assembly.

Schurmeier served for three decades with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He retired in 2004 as deputy chief over investigations. Since then he served as president of a security consulting and private investigation firm.

At a news conference, McCrory praised Schurmeier’s courage and professionalism.

Schurmeier says he hopes to apply his years as a police executive in a large department if he’s confirmed.

Since former director B.W. Collier’s retirement took effect on April 1, the SBI has been led by interim director Janie Sutton.

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