- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A two-time Cabinet member for then-North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has taken a job at a law firm to work with companies interested in moving to or expanding in the state.

John Skvarla was commerce secretary during the past two years and McCrory’s environmental secretary for the first two years of McCrory’s term. The Nexsen Pruett law firm office in Raleigh announced Skvarla’s hiring Wednesday.

While leading what was called the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Skvarla focused on making the agency more “customer-friendly” to those it regulated. He also dealt with a coal ash spill which occurred along the Dan River in early 2014.

At Commerce he worked to recruit companies as the state’s economy improved and during negative publicity associated with a law limiting LGBT rights.

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