NC Gov.-elect appoints 3 to cabinet posts

Dec. 14, 2012 @ 08:24 AM

RALEIGH — In a Thursday press conference, North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory made three appointments to his incoming cabinet.

McCrory tabbed his current transition team executive director Thomas Stith to be his Chief of Staff, former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia Aldona Wos as the Secretary of Health and Human Services and John Skvarla as the Secretary of Environmental and Natural Resources.

“As I have said throughout this transition process, first and foremost I am looking for talented individuals to join our team who can run the government in the most effective way possible," McCrory said in a press conference. "Thomas, Aldona and John certainly meet those qualifications, and I am excited they have agreed to be part of our team."

In addition, McCrory also announced four broad directives for his cabinet that included "instituting a culture of customer service to state government," as well as "identifying and implementing efficiencies in state government."

McCrory also asked for more collaboration "across departments and agencies," and "instituting the highest ethical standards while serving in government."

“My top priority as governor is to ensure we have the framework in place that will unleash our state’s incredible resources to create jobs, grow our economy and ensure that North Carolina exceeds its potential," McCrory said. "We are building a strong team that will help ensure those goals are met.”

Stith, of Raleigh, the program director for economic development for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has been on leave of that position while serving as McCrory's transition team executive director.

Wos, of Greensboro, is currently an honorary chair of McCrory's transition team and was U.S. Ambassador to Estonia from 2004-2006. Prior to serving in Estonia, Wos was a practicing physician in private practice and holds licenses in New York and North Carolina.

Skvarla, of Pinehurst, is the Chief Executive Officer of Restoration Systems, an environmental and ecological restoration company based in Raleigh. The company, according to The Associated Press, repairs wetlands and protects streams.

McCrory said Thursday that he will make additional cabinet announcements and that he hopes to have his administration in place prior to his Jan. 4, 2013 inauguration.


The Associated Press and McCrory's office contributed to this report