McCrory names more to cabinet

Dec. 21, 2012 @ 07:50 AM

RALEIGH — Just weeks before he is officially placed into office, North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory continues to round out his administration team.

On Thursday, McCrory announced the appointments of a federal prosecutor, mayor and former lawmaker to three cabinet posts.

"During this transition process, I am continuing to build a strong team of talent," McCrory said, in a statement. "These individuals will bring enormous talent and experience to their respective roles, and will help me run the government in the most effective way possible."

Lyons Grey will be appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Revenue. Grey was the chair of the House Finance Committee in the North Carolina General Assembly from 1995-1999. He served in the N.C. House from 1989-2002. Most recently, Grey has served as the senior advisor to the President of the University of North Carolina system.

McCrory also appointed former Salisbury mayor Susan Kluttz to be the next Secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Kluttz served as Mayor of Salisbury for 14 years and current sits on the Salisbury City Council.

Former federal prosecutor Kieran Shanahan was named to the post of Secretary of the Department of Public Safety.

Shanahan, of Raleigh, served five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Northern District of Georgia.

Currently, Shanahan serves on the Board of Trustees for East Carolina University.

In addition to naming appointments to three cabinet posts Thursday, McCrory also appointed former lawmaker Art Pope to serve as the deputy budget director.

Pope has served as McCrory's transition team co-chair and was elected to the North Carolina House in 1988. Presently, Pope is also the CEO of Variety Wholesalers, Inc.

Bob Stephens was named as chief legal counsel to McCrory. Stephens is a partner with the Charlotte law firm of Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin.

Finally, McCrory tabbed Chris Walker, former southeastern communications advisor for the Romney for President campaign. Walker also served as the press secretary to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr from 2007-2009.


The North Carolina Gov.-elect's office contributed to this report