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Cooper Names Government Veterans To Senior Positions PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:47
Governor Roy Cooper named experienced government bureaucrats to his senior staff.
 
To administer the state budget Cooper has appointed Charlie Perusse as State Budget Director.
 
Perusse has experience administering state budgets and writing them to lead Office of State Budget and Management. He leaves his job as Chief Operating Officer for the University of North Carolina system to join Cooper’s team. Previously he has worked as State Budget Director and as a lead fiscal analyst for the NC General Assembly.
 
Cooper has appointed Barbara Gibson to direct the Office of State Human Resources to work on behalf of the state’s thousands of employees. Gibson is one of the longest serving state personnel directors and has led the NC Department of Justice Human Resources Department for 16 years.
 
Cooper has appointed William McKinney to serve as his Legal Counsel and advise on legal affairs. McKinney served as Special Counsel to Cooper in the NC Attorney General’s office, and prior to that worked in private practice in South Carolina and for the US State Department.
 
Serving in the Governor’s press office is Noelle Talley, who brings years of state government communications experience to the job. Talley most recently was Public Information Officer for the NC Department of Justice.
 
“We are putting together a deeply talented team and I’m excited that these experienced leaders with proven results will help me move our state forward,” Cooper said.
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 17:08
 
Wake Judge Blocks Election Board Reforms PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:41
A Wake County Superior Court Judge has blocked a legislative merge the State Board of Elections and the Ethics Commission into into the Bipartisan State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement. 
 
Governor Roy Copper has challenged the law saying it violates the separation of powers clause under the state constitution. 
 
The new law would ensure state and county elections boards have an equal number of Republican and Democratic members. Previously, the party of the governor had the majority of votes. Additionally, four of the state board’s eight members would be appointed by General Assembly leaders. 
 
State attorneys argued Judge Donald Stephens did not have authority to block the law which normally would go to a three-judge panel. Stephens said of Chief Justice Mark Martin appoints a three-judge panel this week, he would drop his injunction. 
 
AG Stein Vows To Put North Carolina Citizens First PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:31
Attorney General Josh Stein issued the following statement after he was sworn into office: 
 
"I am proud and humbled to have taken the oath of office. Today's ceremony launches four years of work to protect all North Carolinians, and I'm ready to get started, keeping families safe and putting the people of North Carolina first.

 

"That means cracking down on violent crime, confronting the opioid epidemic and reducing repeat crime through effective prisoner reentry programs. I'll protect seniors and consumers from scammers and corporations that break the law. And I'll work closely with communities across the state to ensure that I'm hearing from North Carolinians about how best I can serve them"
 
Cooper Becomes North Carolina's 75th Governor PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:27
Raleigh, NC - Roy Cooper has taken the oath of office to become North Carolina’s 75th Governor.
 
Joined by his wife Kristin and family, Cooper swore to support the Constitution and laws of the United States and North Carolina, and to faithfully perform the duties of the office of governor.
 
The ceremony took place just after midnight on January 1 in the state’s historic Capitol building in downtown Raleigh.
 
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall delivered welcoming remarks, followed by a prayer offered by Dr. Art Ross, the new Governor’s friend and former pastor.
 
North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin administered the oath of office while Cooper placed his hand on the Bible.
 
Cooper spoke briefly following the oath.
 
“It is an incredible honor and privilege to serve as the governor of this great state, and I will work to be a governor of all of North Carolina. I love this state. It is the place where I grew up. It is the place where I have worked and worshipped and studied. It is the place where I have lived all of my life,” said Cooper. “I recognize the solemn duty that has been placed upon me and the opportunity that the people of this state have given to me. I am honored, and I am grateful.”
 
Public inauguration events will take place on January 6 and 7 in Raleigh. More information is available at www.NCinaugural.org. 
 
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