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Dalton's not governor, but he's poised to be a president

From AP -- Former North Carolina Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is poised to have a new job May 1 as president of his community college back home. The Isothermal Community College board voted unanimously Friday to hire Dalton as its next leader, replacing the retiring Myra Johnson. Dalton's appointment still must be approved by the state community college board.

Dalton is a Democrat who lost the governor's race to Republican Pat McCrory in November. Since then he's been teaching a class at Gardner-Webb University and working as a special assistant to the president there.

Dalton was one of six finalists for the Isothermal post. He lives in Rutherford County, one of two counties served by Isothermal. He was the college's board chairman prior to joining the state Senate in 1997.

Walter Dalton a finalist for community college presidency

Former Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is one of six candidates vying to run Isothermal Community College in Rutherford County.

Dalton, a Democrat who lost the race for governor last year, is a lawyer and former chairman of the Isothermal board of trustees. He's now teaching at Gardner-Webb University and is a special assistant to the university's president.

The other five candidates are all community college administrators.

Ethics commission waives a fine

The State Ethics Commission waived a fine for a former community college trustee who failed to file her required Statement of Economic Interest.

Sue Cochran was a board member at Isothermal Community College, which has campuses in Columbus and Spindale. When the ethics commission last met, members considered Cochran's failure to file a disclosure statement along with scores of others. The commission decided to delay a decision until they could hear more about Cochran's disabling Parkinson's disease.

Since that last meeting, Cochran, who hadn't been to a trustees meeting since May 2006, has been replaced on the board, said Kathy Edwards, assistant director of the Ethics Commission.

The Commission waived a fine because Cochran is not able to complete here disclosure report, Cochran said.

Cochran's case, and others, have raised interesting points for the new Ethics Comission about how to deal with those who say they have a good reason not to comply, Edwards said.

More on ethics holdouts

We noted earlier today that 20 public officials in North Carolina have not filed required financial disclosure forms.

It turns out they have a variety of reasons for being holdouts, reports Ryan Teague Beckwith.

Several appointees whose terms expired in June thought they did not have to file.

A few serve on an advocacy board for the disabled that is no longer covered, though under state law they should have filed regardless. One said she was in South Africa and did not get the notification.

Read more after the jump.

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