by Barry Smith
Gov. Bev Perdue made the announcement of Beasley’s appointment on Wednesday. Perdue exempted herself from her own executive order which would have put the nomination process through a review by a Judicial Nominating Commission so that she could make the appointment before she leaves office. Gov.-elect Pat McCrory is set to take office Jan. 5, 2013.
Beasley was elected to the Court of Appeals in 2008. Before that, she was a district court judge.
Perdue had this to say about Beasley:
“I am thrilled to appoint Cheri to our state’s highest court. She has excelled both as a District Court judge and as a judge on the Court of Appeals. She will make a superb justice on the Supreme Court.”
Beasley said this about her appointment:
“I am honored that Governor Perdue has appointed me to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. I am grateful for her confidence in my ability to render fair and impartial decisions while serving on our state’s highest Court. Throughout my years of service on the judiciary, I have always considered it a privilege to serve the people of our state.”
The appointment will now leave a vacancy on the N.C. Court of Appeals.