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Trending today on Jones Street – the resignation of NCDOT Sec. Tony Tata

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.

NCDOT Sec. Tony Tata and Governor Pat McCrory discuss Connect NC bond proposal in late June at Hammocks Beach.  (Photo: Governor's flickr account.)

NCDOT Sec. Tony Tata and Governor Pat McCrory discuss the Connect NC bond proposal in late June at Hammocks Beach. (Photo: Governor’s flickr account.)

Here’s what others on social media are saying about Tata’s departure:

One Comment


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    July 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    So wonder who you guys will be tracking in the next snow storm next winter?

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