Governor Pat McCrory’s Transportation Secretary caught many in the state government world by surprise Tuesday with the announcement that he would leave the office immediately.
A press release from the governor’s office explained Tony Tata’s departure this way:
…Tony Tata has resigned as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) to focus on personal and family matters in addition to pursuing his passion as an author.
“Tony Tata has been a valuable partner in our efforts to reform and modernize North Carolina’s transportation system,” Governor McCrory said. “His dedication to the people of North Carolina is in keeping with his long career of service to his community, state and country.”
Tata’s resignation takes effect today. Chief Deputy Secretary Nick Tennyson will serve as Acting Transportation Secretary.
Tata has been one of the more visible members in the McCrory administration, most recently traveling the state with the governor to promote the Connect NC bond proposal.
Here’s what others on social media are saying about Tata’s departure:
— Tim Boyum (@BoyumTWCnews) July 28, 2015
— Fitzsimon (@Fitzsimon) July 28, 2015
— Benjamin Brown (@BenBrownMedia) July 28, 2015
— mark binker (@binker) July 28, 2015
— Rob Schofield (@Rob_Schofield) July 28, 2015
— Patrick Gannon (@Pat_NCInsider) July 28, 2015
— Thad Ogburn (@thadogburn) July 28, 2015