Gov. Pat McCrory issued his first executive order Monday to repeal a nonpartisan judicial nominating commission put in place by his predecessor.
The Republican said the commission didn’t work, noting that even former Gov. Bev Perdue rescinded the order in the final weeks of her term to fill a vacancy on the N.C. Supreme Court.
Perdue created the commission in 2011 to take the politics out of the process of picking judges. But the Democrat appointed some of her closest aides and prominent Democrats to the 18-member panel.
McCrory said politics is still a concern but he will appoint judges with the “highest integrity.”
The newly minted chief executive made the announcement at his first press conference as governor. He also named former Republican lawmaker Fred Steen of Rowan County as his chief lobbyist, charged with getting the legislature to implement his agenda.
McCrory also said that former Duke Energy colleague Tony Almeida will serve as a senior policy adviser on the economy in the governor’s office. Almeida is a former vice president of economic development at Duke.