- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An Iredell County attorney whom Gov. Pat McCrory appointed to the North Carolina Industrial Commission two years ago will now be the panel’s leader.

McCrory announced Friday that Commissioner Charlton Allen will replace Drew Heath as chairman. Heath becomes state budget director next week, succeeding Lee Roberts.

The commission is a quasi-judicial panel whose six members rule on contested workers’ compensation claims. The panel has gotten attention recently with efforts to ensure employers classify workers properly so they get insurance and other benefits.

The General Assembly confirmed Allen for the commission in 2014 after unusual opposition by Democrats. They argued Allen would represent business interests more than those workers. Republicans came to Allen’s defense and said he was treated unfairly.

Allen’s elevation means there will be a commission vacancy.

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