Hoping to avoid the chopping block where most department heads find themselves with the arrival of a new administration, John Ledford, director of the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement, has voluntarily returned to the ranks of field agent.
Ledford requested the demotion and reassignment to his home district in Asheville, and it was granted effective Jan. 1, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said Thursday. Outgoing department Secretary Reuben Young approved it.
Ledford, long a part of the state’s Democratic Party system, saw the writing on the wall this summer, when he told The News & Observer that he hoped to be able to reach retirement age in law enforcement in just a few more years, even if Republican candidate Pat McCrory was elected.
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