RALEIGH – In an announcement at the executive mansion early Wednesday, Governor Pat McCrory announced that Robert Schurmeier, the former deputy chief over Investigations for the Charlotte Mecklenburg police force, is his nominee to be the new director of the State Bureau of Investigation. The N.C. General Assembly must confirm the nomination.
Schurmeier retired from public service in 2004 and co-founded a private security company, Investigative Security Services, where he served as president supporting private businesses and government agencies in security efforts. He is also a past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and the North Carolina Police Executives Association.
“I take leave of ISS after our best year ever. We are opening our third office in Charleston and it’s hard to walk away, but I would confess that the gravitational pull to return to public service won the day,” said Schurmeier in his speech Wednesday.
A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in political science, he has one daughter, Emma, with his wife Trisha.
“The number one priority of the SBI is protecting our citizens and families,” said McCrory. “Bob is one of the nicest people of I’ve ever met, one of the most professional and dedicated public servants I’ve ever met.”
In the speech McCrory described his experience on police ride-alongs with Schurmeirer in the 1990’s, who showed the former Charlotte mayor the challenges of the city. Schurmeier spoke of his commitment to law enforcement and his support for police officers.
“I’m certain I speak for many as I say I honor the people who wear the badge and quietly serve each day,” said Schurmeier.