- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory wants his first choice to lead the State Bureau of Investigation to remain on the job for another eight years.

McCrory announced Thursday he’s nominating Acting SBI Director B.W. Collier to a full term leading the state’s crime investigative unit.

The governor picked Collier last August when the legislature shifted the SBI from under Attorney General Roy Cooper to under a McCrory Cabinet-level agency.

The legislature must confirm Collier - a former head of Alcohol Law Enforcement and longtime SBI agent - to keep the job. McCrory praised Collier in a release for work at his new job.

The nomination follows two other recent McCrory nomination announcements to keep current appointees on the job. They are State Controller Linda Combs and Banking Commissioner Ray Grace.

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