Gov. McCrory announces State Bureau of Investigation director nomination

Credit: NBC News

RALEIGH, N.C. ( WNCN) – Gov. Pat McCrory introduced his nominee as the head of the State Bureau of Investigation, a day after he issued an executive order on House Bill 2.

McCrory said a committee recommended Bob Schurmeier, a former interim chief police chief in Charlotte. McCrory knew Schurmeier from McCrory’s time as a politician in Charlotte.

Schurmeier retired from the Charlotte force in 2004, McCrory said, and started his own investigative services agency.

McCrory said he remembered riding in a car with Schurmeier when Schurmeier was a young officer on the Charlotte force.

“Bob would show me everything when riding with him,” McCrory said.

McCrory called Schurmeier one of the most dedicated public servants he has known.

Schurmeier will take over an agency that has been in turmoil in recent years. The previous full-time director, B.W. Collier, announced he was stepping down earlier this year.

Schurmeier said he was humbled by the opportunity to serve.

The nominee now goes to the General Assembly for approval.

McCrory did not take questions from the media after the announcement.

The governor’s public appearance comes a day after an executive order maintains gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities in government buildings and schools but would allow the private sector to establish its own restroom and locker room policies.

The order also expands the state’s employment policy to cover sexual orientation and gender identity for state employees and seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination.

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