- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Another original member of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s Cabinet is leaving his job, as the governor announced Friday he had appointed state Administration Secretary Bill Daughtridge to the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

Daughtridge, from Rocky Mount, fills a commission vacancy created when Chairman Drew Heath recently became state budget director. McCrory announced last month that Heath was succeeding Lee Roberts and that Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray was going to the state Utilities Commission.

The departure means only two members of McCrory’s original eight-member Cabinet tasked in early 2013 with running state departments remain. They are Susan Kluttz at the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and John Skvarla at the Department of Commerce. Skvarla originally was McCrory’s environment secretary. Two additional Cabinet-level departments also have been created during McCrory’s tenure.

McCrory’s news release gave no reason for the move of Daughtridge, 63, a former state House member, aide to then-Speaker Thom Tillis and state treasurer’s candidate. A request to speak with Daughtridge was sent Friday to an Administration Department spokesman.

The six-member Industrial Commission is a quasi-judicial panel whose primary work is to rule on contested workers’ compensation claims. Daughtridge’s private-sector career has included being president of his family’s fuel and convenience store company.

The Administration Department oversees many of the internal business affairs within state government, including purchase and contracting, the state’s motor fleet and government buildings and property. The department is also an umbrella for state councils and commissions.

“Bill’s common sense leadership drove reform that resulted in savings to the taxpayer and better customer service for our citizens,” McCrory said in a news release. “I look forward to his service on the Industrial Commission where he will be a sentinel for North Carolina’s workers and citizens.”

Daughtridge takes his Industrial Commission post immediately but will be subject to confirmation votes at the General Assembly when it returns for regular business in late April. McCrory already had named Charlton Allen as commission chairman.

Kathryn Johnston, the Administration Department’s deputy secretary of service operations, is now the acting secretary, McCrory said. Johnston is a North Carolina native who joined the department following a stint as a city manager in Florida.

McCrory has retained other top lieutenants during his three-plus year as governor, including Chief of Staff Thomas Stith and chief legal counsel Bob Stephens.

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