Excerpted from the 2001-2002 North Carolina Manual. Updated by: Steven Case, Government & Heritage Library, 2009, 2013; Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
In a move to greatly reduce the number of agencies that had developed in North Carolina government, the Executive Organization Acts of 1971 and 1973 grouped all of the agencies of the Executive Branch into departments plus the Office of the Governor and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Since that time, agencies have been renamed and reorganized numerous times. Effective January 1, 2012, the Departments of Correction, Crime Control and Public Safety, and Juvenile Justice and Delinquency were merged into one Department of Public Safety.
Ten members of the executive branch are popularly elected. This includes the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, the State Treasurer, and the State Auditor. The departments of the executive branch that have elected department heads are Agriculture, Insurance, Justice, Labor, and Public Instruction. The remaining department heads are appointed by the governor.
Council of State and the Cabinet
Governor: Roy Cooper
Lieutenant Governor: Dan Forest
Council of State: Elected officials
Attorney General: Josh Stein
Commissioner of Agriculture: Steven W. Troxler
Commissioner of Insurance: Mike Causey
Secretary of State: Elaine F. Marshall
Secretary of Labor: Cherie K. Berry
State Auditor: Beth A. Wood
State Treasurer: Dale R. Folwell
Superintendant of Public Instruction: Mark Johnson
Cabinet: Department Secretaries appointed by the Governor
Administration: Britt Cobb (acting interim)
Commerce: Tony Copeland
Natural and Cultural Resources: Susi Hamilton
Environmental Quality: Bill Ross (acting interim); Michael Regan (awaiting legislative confirmation)
Health and Human Services: Dempsey Benton (acting interim)
Public Safety: Erik Hooks
Revenue: Ron Penny (acting interim)
Transportation: Mike Holder (acting interim); James Trogden (awaiting legislative confirmation)
Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs: Cornell Wilson, Jr.
Other Executive Officials and Departments
Budget Director: Andrew (Drew) Heath
Chief of Staff: Thomas Stith
Chief Information Officer: Keith Werner
Director of the Office of State Personnel: Neal Alexander
President of the NC Community College System: James C. (Jimmie) Williamson
At the time of the Executive Reorganization Acts, there were over 200 independent agencies in state government. Most of these agencies still exist as subdivisions of the executive departments. The location of some agencies may not be obvious--the Division of Veterans Affairs, for instance, is in the Department of Administration. The State Government Portal provides a comprehensive list of state agencies and subdivisions.
In addition to the executive departments, there are three independent executive agencies as well as over 50 licensing boards that provide regulatory control for specific occupations. With the exception of the Office of Administrative Hearings, most of the board members are appointed by the Governor; however, some boards are made up of members chosen by multiple parties, including the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, both houses of the General Assembly, and even Council of State members.
The Office of Administrative Hearings is a quasi-judicial agency that adjudicates administrative law cases (that is, cases in which a plaintiff challenges the application--or lack of application--of a particular agency rule), as well as publishing the NC Administrative Code. The Chief Administrative Law Judge, who serves as Director of the OAH and chooses other Administrative Law Judges, is appointed by the Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court.
The State Controller is the state's Chief Financial Officer, charged with insuring that State appropriations are expended, accounted for, and reported consistently. The State Controller is appointed by the Governor with the approval of the General Assembly.
The State Board of Elections administers the election process and deals with all matters of campaign finance disclosure. Members of the Board are chosen by the Governor.
Occupational Licensing Boards
Occupational Licensing Boards grant certificates of qualification for specific occupations, establish rules of ethics and conduct, and ensure that practitioners adhere to state laws and regulations. Many boards include both practitioners and non-practitioners, who are appointed to represent the public interest.
Grade 8: NC Executive Branch – Activity & Poster. North Carolina Civic Education Consortium. http://civics.sites.unc.edu/files/2012/05/ExecutiveBranch.pdf
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20 October 2014 | Anonymous; Case, Steven