Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford, who is President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police, was apart of a legislative panel that voted Tuesday on reforms to improve the state crime lab.
The lab came under scutiny last summer after a report showed that 200 cases during a 16 year period were improperly handled. Most of the cases were the result of misrepresented blood work.
The panel voted 9-7 to defeat a proposal by Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham, to have the SBI lab director report directly to Attorney General Roy Cooper and not the new SBI Director, Greg McLeod.
The panel also voted to rename the SBI lab to the “North Carolina State Crime Laboratory” so that it is not perceived as an arm of prosecutors and police.
Most of the recommendations will have to be approved by the state legislature.
“We don’t know what to expect from an independent lab,” said Ledford said to the Associated Press. “Director McLeod has assured us that oversight has been put in place for some of the problems that have occurred.”