Combs named by NC governor as next controller

May. 01, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

The former controller of the United States has been named to the same position for North Carolina.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday he's appointed Linda Morrison Combs as state controller. Combs will succeed David McCoy, who retired following a state government career that included stints as budget director and transportation secretary.

The controller keeps the state's books, monitors cash flow and manages state payroll. The controller serves seven-year terms and is subject to General Assembly confirmation.

McCrory's office says Combs has been confirmed five times by the U.S. Senate for federal posts. She was controller in President George W. Bush's administration and also served as chief financial officer at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Combs begins work next week. She lives in Winston-Salem and worked in McCrory's gubernatorial transition team.