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Former FBI agent becomes interim Public Safety secretary

Former FBI agent Frank L. Perry will take charge of the state Department of Public Safety until a permanent leader is chosen.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced Friday that Perry will serve as interim secretary, a week after the sudden departure of Raleigh lawyer and GOP fundraiser Kieran Shanahan.

Shanahan said he needed to leave office after only seven months to resume his various business enterprises, which includes a law firm, a lobbying firm and real estate ventures. He also said he wanted to be able to devote time to help his wife, who will be promoted to admiral in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Perry has been serving under Shanahan as the department’s commissioner of the Division of Law Enforcement, and before that was interim chief operating officer.

Edward “Sonny” Masso, who was the chief operating officer, also abruptly resigned last week without a public explanation.

The governor’s office also announced Friday that Jeff Epstein will serve as interim secretary for the Department of Revenue while Secretary Lyons Gray takes a medical leave for the month. Epstein is the chief operating officer for the department.

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