|Team McCrory makes transition|
|Stith leads transfer for the governor-elect|
|Published Tuesday, November 20, 2012 2:24 pm|
RALEIGH – Governor-elect Pat McCrory is preparing for his transition to Raleigh.
During his second press conference since becoming the state’s first Republican governor in 20 years, McCrory introduced his new team and plans.
“I am very pleased to have diverse opinions of talent that are extremely necessary for me to make the best decisions possible,” he said.
Former Charlotte City Council member John Lassiter is the senior chairman of transition operations.
Durham’s Thomas Stith was named transition director. Stith, an N.C. Central University graduate, is a former city council member and also ran for mayor in 2007. He is currently program director for economic development at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise in the Kenan-Flager Business School at UNC Chapel Hill.
Art Pope, a Raleigh businessman and former state legislator, is one of three transition co-chairmen.
“What I have attempted to do on my steering committee is to get a diverse group of people with ideas and individuals with varied policy philosophies,” McCrory said. “I want people around me with potential solutions.”
McCrory said his main goals are to identify talent for appointments, review issues and evaluate the operations of state government. Commerce, transportation, and environmental and natural resource agencies will be targeted due to their connections with economic development, infrastructure and regulations.
“North Carolina is our customer. Our goal is to fix the economy and try to make the government as sufficient and responsive to our customers as possible,” McCrory said.
Each member of the transition team and steering committee has signed an ethics pledge.
“We treat each other as partners, and the No. 1 goal is to help North Carolina,” McCrory said.
Despite a GOP-controlled House and Senate, McCrory said he plans to connect with Democratic leaders.
“This is a team effort,” he said.
Chris Mackey, Gov. Bev Perdue’s deputy communications director, issued a statement: “Gov. Bev Perdue this morning welcomed Governor-elect Pat McCrory to the Capitol. During the brief meeting in the governor’s office, the two discussed a host of issues, including the transition, transportation and the state’s military economy. Perdue reiterated her commitment to a smooth and efficient transition.”
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