McCrory taps new Budget Director, Revenue Secretary (video)

Saying “change is tough” Gov. Pat McCrory announced the departure of state Budget Director Lee Roberts and Revenue Secretary Lyons Gray on Thursday.

Gray will move to the N.C. Utilities Commission where he replaces Commissioner Susan Rabon, who retired at the first of the year.

Roberts, who replaced Art Pope as the state’s budget director 16 months ago, heads to the private sector to an investment management firm.

“Lyons Gray will bring his considerable experience and common sense wisdom to the utilities commission, a regulatory body that affects nearly every North Carolina citizen. Lee Roberts will be helping to create jobs and invest in our state as he builds a new investment management business. I’m grateful for the service of these fine individuals,” said Gov. McCrory.

Drew Heath, chair of the state Industrial Commission, will step into the budget director’s role. Jeff Epstein, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Revenue since April 2013, will replace Gray as Secretary.

Click below to hear McCrory discuss the resignation of Lee Roberts:

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