The state's top elections detective wanted to be a dancer.
As top investigator for the State Board of Elections, Kim Westbrook Strach has helped uncover misdeeds by former Agriculture Secretary Meg Scott Phipps, former House Speaker Jim Black and former top lobbyist Don Beason.
After running a small dance studio, the former Miss Kinston 1993 decided to make a career in law enforcement. She and a staff of 12 monitor nearly 3,000 political action committees statewide and 5,000 locally from a tiny windowless office.
She said she was excited when she first saw the ad for her position.
"I'm a kind of law-and-order girl, and here was something interesting," Strach said. (N&O)