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Les Merritt submits letter of resignation from Ethics Commission

State Ethics Commission member Les Merritt submitted his letter of resignation Friday, addressing concerns about a conflict with his work as a N.C. Department of Health and Human Services contractor.

"I have certainly enjoyed my tenure and consider serving on the Ethics Commission a privilege," he wrote. "The work of the commission is very important and I know all the commission members and staff are honorable people, serving the state of North Carolina for the right reasons.

"In that regard, I do not want even the 'appearance of a conflict of interest' to cast a shadow on the integrity of the commission," he concluded.

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos hired Merritt under a personal services contract in the division of mental health. He was paid $58,500 in June and July, according to state records. Merritt is a Republican who was elected in 2004 as the state's auditor. He served one term.

The resignation is effective immediately. Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger will name his replacement.



Document(s):
Merritt Resignation Ltr 9-27-13.pdf


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