NC Budget Director Art Pope Steps Down

NC Budget Director Art Pope Steps Down

2:51pm Aug 06, 2014
Art Pope is stepping down as North Carolina budget director. Gov. Pat McCrory made the announcement during a press conference earlier today (Wednesday). Pope, who has served as budget director since January 2013, will return to the private sector.
Photo courtesy of Gov. Pat McCrory's Office

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Conservative businessman, philanthropist and political donor Art Pope is stepping down as North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's state budget director early next month.

McCrory announced Pope's departure and the hiring of replacement Lee Roberts on Wednesday at the Executive Mansion.

The governor says Pope had initially agreed to serve as budget director for one year when he was hired to start in early 2013, but decided to stay on through this year's legislative session. McCrory praised Pope for his public service and breadth of knowledge of state government.

Pope says he will return to leading his family's discount retail business and will spend more time with family.

Roberts was most recently in the banking field. McCrory appointed him to the state banking commission last year.

Roberts is the son of radio and television political commentator Cokie Roberts.



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