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Forte moves from DMV to parole commission

James Forte, who has been the new administration’s motor vehicles commissioner since January, is already changing jobs.

Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced Friday the governor has appointed Forte to the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

The governor also re-appointed Bill Fowler to the commission. Fowler is a former Raleigh police officer and detective, who left the force in 1972 and became a parole officer.

Fowler has been supervising the parole and probation systems since they were merged. He has been on the parole commission since 2005.

Forte has been in state government for 25 years in several departments. Department of Transportation Chief Deputy Nick Tennyson will be acting commissioner until a permanent replacement is named to head the DMV.

Forte replaces Derrick E. Wadsworth of Edenton, and will be sworn in Monday.

Former Senate majority leader Tony Rand remains on the four-member commission. Paul G. Butler Jr., appointed by McCrory earlier this year, is the fourth member. He replaced Rand as chairman of the commission.


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