by Sarah Curry
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
This news was released today. See this information from a News and Observer article:
North Carolina Budget Director Lee Roberts is leaving his position, Gov. Pat McCrory told reporters at the Executive Mansion on Thursday afternoon.
Roberts had considered running for state treasurer this year, but decided against it. He will be moving to the private sector.
He will be succeeded by Andrew T. Heath, who has been chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
Roberts was named the state’s budget director in September 2014, replacing McCrory’s first director, philanthropist and conservative advocate Art Pope.
Roberts was recently in the news regarding a controversy over private prison maintenance contracts awarded by the state.
McCrory also announced that Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray would be moving to the Utilities Commission, and would be replaced at the head of Revenue by Jeffrey M. Epstein, who has been the department’s chief operating officer.