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Highway Patrol Gets New Leader PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:32
Major Charles “Vic” Ward will serve as acting commander following the resignation of Col. William Grey who retired effective immediately. 
“I want everyone to know that I will leave with a happy heart and thankful that I had the privilege to be a part of such a wonderful family and organization,” Grey said in an email to Highway Patrol staffers. “As I leave, I have no doubts the Highway Patrol will continue to thrive and prove time and again that we are one of the state’s greatest assets.” Grey was a 25-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and once served as the State Capitol Police chief.  
Major Ward has been with the Highway Patrol since 1990 and was the chief of field operations for the eastern part of North Carolina.
Owen Leaves Duke To Become Cooper's Policy Director PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:24
Jenni Owen will leave her post in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University to join Govenor Roy Cooper’s office as Policy Director. Owen is Faculty at the Sanford School where she serves as Director of Policy Engagement, and previously served as a senior policy advisor in the Governor’s office and the state Division of Social Services.
“Jenni brings a wealth of knowledge in public policy but more importantly cares deeply about the people of North Carolina,” Cooper said. “She’s a collaborator who can look at our challenges across issues to find smart, strategic solutions."  
Also Tuesday Cooper named two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, longtime aides Stephen Bryant and Julia White. Both previously worked at the NC Department of Justice. Bryant also worked for Gov. Jim Hunt and White for the North Carolina Senate, prior to joining Cooper’s DOJ staff.
White will oversee the policy, communications and budget area for the Governor, and Bryant will oversee intergovernmental issues, appointments, including Boards and Commissions, and constituent services.
Also Tuesday the Governor’s office continued to fill its press office, hiring campaign spokesmen Ford Porter and Jamal Little, and DOJ staff member Samantha Cole.
“I am glad these staff members will help me move our state forward, and they are all excited to get started,” Cooper said.
Hooks Named To Lead Department of Public Safety PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:35
Erik Hooks has been named by Governor Roy Cooper to lead the Department of Public Safety which directs statewide law enforcement, emergency management, juvenile justice, and corrections divisions.
“He has the utmost integrity and determination to keep the people of our state safe,” Cooper said. “North Carolina can depend on him to bring hard work and dedication to the mission of public safety.”
Hooks rose through the ranks of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, starting as a special agent in northeastern counties in 1989 and rising to Assistant Director over the Professional Standards division by 2014. Most recently he oversaw the Threat Assessment and State Asset Investigations Unit and in the Inspections and Compliance Unit.
“Erik Hooks has worked every kind of crime from drug trafficking to public corruption and homeland security critical issues, and he has my confidence as a proven investigator and supervisor,” Cooper said.
The Department of Public Safety includes critical resources like the state Highway Patrol, the SBI and Alcohol Law Enforcement. It also supplies public safety support for local police and sheriffs as well as emergency response in case of natural disasters such as hurricanes or snowstorms. It also maintains the state's prisons and its juvenile justice systems.
Hooks holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in criminal justice as well as a master’s degree in organizational management and research from North Carolina State University.
He is a native of Spring Lake, North Carolina.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:39
Transportation and DEQ Secretaries Named By Governor Cooper PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 03 January 2017 16:55
Governor Roy Cooper named two cabinet members to his administration Tuesday. Both appointees are subject to approval by the North Carolina Senate. 
To lead the Department of Environmental Quality, Cooper has selected Michael Regan, a leader in environmental advocacy with experience in working with energy and businesses.
Regan served as Southeast Regional Director of the Environmental Defense Fund and National Director of the Energy Efficiency Southeast Climate & Energy Policy from 2008-2016. He also worked with the EPA on air quality for the Clinton and Bush administrations from 1998-2008. 
He is a native of eastern North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina A&T University with a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.
“Michael Regan has the environmental background to know that protecting state resources is vital to our state’s health and economic climate,” Cooper said. “He also has the government experience and diplomacy to understand that working together is the way to get things done.”
Cooper named Jim Trogdon, an engineer with decades of leadership in state government and the military to lead the NC Department of Transportation.
Trogdon had served as Chief Operating Officer for the DOT before his retirement in 2013 and as Director of Strategic Transportation planning for the NC General Assembly. He leaves his current work at SAS Institute as National Transportation Director to lead the DOT. 
Trogdon is a Major General who holds a master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College as well as two civil engineering degrees from NC State University.
“Jim Trogdon knows North Carolina’s transportation successes and challenges better than anyone, and he will bring technical know-how and smart solutions to the job,” Cooper said. “Our state’s growing population and business climate need good roads and smart mass transit, and he will lead the way.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 January 2017 17:07

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