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.
Merritt Resignation Ltr 9-27-13.pdf