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Art Pope to step down as state budget director

State Budget Director Art Pope will step down next month, and be succeeded by Lee Roberts.

State Budget Director Art Pope will step down next month, and be succeeded by Lee Roberts.

Governor Pat McCrory announced Wednesday that Art Pope will step down as state budget director in September to return to the private sector. Succeeding Pope will be Lee Roberts, a Raleigh banking executive who the governor appointed to the North Carolina Banking Commission last year.

While Pope has been a controversial figure for the administration, McCrory offered nothing but praise for Pope’s service:

“Art Pope has been an invaluable public servant for the people of North Carolina,”

Governor McCrory said. “His knowledge and leadership helped produce historic tax reform while producing two balanced budgets that put North Carolina back on the road to prosperity. He has dedicated much of his life to the betterment of North Carolina and it has been a privilege to have him at my side.”

As for the man tapped to fill those shoes, McCrory said Roberts would help state government ‘thrive':

“Lee has a terrific sense of fiscal sensibility and responsibility, and I’m excited to have him join our team,” said Governor McCrory. “North Carolina state government will thrive under his oversight. His experience in the global marketplace will provide a useful and original perspective, and his leadership skills will further our administration’s goal of thoughtful, deliberate stewardship of taxpayer dollars.”

According to the McCrory administration, Roberts also founded a real estate investment and advisory firm, Coley Capital, LLC. He has worked for Morgan Stanley & Co., Cherokee Investment Partners and as an associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP.

Roberts received his undergraduate degree in political science from Duke University. He graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, where he received his J.D.

Roberts is also the son of political commentator Cokie Roberts.

3 Comments

  1. david esmay

    August 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Good riddance to Koch junior.

  2. Pertains!

    August 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    He stayed around long enough to make out like a bandit on the tax cuts.

  3. Alan

    August 6, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    It’s sad to think that McFlurry was actually serious about his comment “He has dedicated much of his life to the betterment of North Carolina”. I think 50% of North Carolinians would vehemently disagree with this.

    Now, who is left to pull McFlurry’s strings? Is the new boy up to the job, or just another political hack?