Britt Cobb is Gov. Bev Perdue's new chief of staff, her office announced Friday.
Cobb, a longtime government employee, replaces Zach Ambrose, who resigned last month.
Former Gov. Mike Easley appointed Cobb to run the state Department of Agriculture after Meg Scott Phipps resigned in a campaign fund raising scandal.
After Cobb lost the 2004 agriculture election, Easley appointed him to run the Department of Administration.
Cobb kept that job under Perdue, so several dominoes must fall with his move to Perdue's staff March 1.
Moses Carey, who is chairman of the Employment Security Commission, will take Cobb's job as Department of Administration secretary. Lynn Holmes, a consultant and former BellSouth executive, will take Carey's job.
Don Hobart, one of Perdue's top aides, will be a chief adviser for business and economic development, a position funded through the state Department of Commerce.
Kevin McLaughlin, chief operating officer at Administration, will move to Perdue's staff with Cobb to become deputy chief of staff.