Baylous indicated that one "proper forum" would be the department's grievance process. It was not clear that any troopers had filed a grievance over the matter.
Jacquline Proctor, spokeswoman for Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin , said the acting governor's office had no comment on the matter.
"We have no knowledge of that at all," she said.
DeBoard's decision follows a string of changes in how the department treats the Troopers Association since Col. Jay Smithers was appointed colonel of the agency by Tomblin and after the association endorsed Perdue.
Smithers' first day as colonel was March 16. Five days later, the Troopers Association endorsed Perdue.
On March 24, Capt. T.D. Bradley, the commander of the department's Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Troop 8, issued a memorandum making it impossible for leadership of the Trooper Association to be members of BCI.
Association President John Smith and former president and current board member Joe Adams were both members of BCI -- the State Police covert and undercover operations unit -- at the time.
A few days later, DeBoard called the association and told them they would no longer be able to speak to cadets at the academy.
Last week, Rob Alsop, Tomblin's chief of staff, called Perdue and asked him to call the Troopers Association and ask that they remove a photograph of Perdue and association members from the association website. The photo showed Smith and Adams' faces, which Tomblin's office and the State Police were concerned could endanger their lives because they worked undercover, Proctor said Tuesday.
The photo was changed to a second photo, with just Adams in it, whose face was blurred.
Adams and Smith were transferred out of the BCI and back to patrol duty earlier this month. Smith said on Tuesday that he and Adams had been ordered by State Police officials not to discuss it.
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