Monday, November 24, 2008

Three in Easley Cabinet might want to stay on -
Raleigh (NC) News & Observer

Will the Iron Cabinet outlast Easley?

Word is that at least three members of Gov. Mike Easley's administration may be interested in continuing in their posts:

Bryan Beatty: The former director of the State Bureau of Investigation has headed the N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety since 2001.

Bill Ross: The environmental attorney has been head of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources since 2001 and claims the Clean Smokestacks Bill and the purchase of Chimney Rock State Park among his accomplishments.

Dempsey Benton: The newest member of Easley's Cabinet, Benton was brought in to clean up problems with the mental health system. The former Raleigh city manager was even cited as a keeper by Republican candidate Fred Smith.

Already, Easley's Cabinet is well-known for its longevity, with many of the original appointees from 2001 still serving.

Keeping some on board could be politically difficult for Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue, who promised to run a more hands-on administration.

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