Ernie Seneca, chief public information officer for the state Department of Public Safety, died Friday morning, according to The Associated Press.
Seneca, who was 51, battled several forms of cancer in recent years, the AP quoted department spokeswoman Patty McQuillan saying.
Seneca had been the director of public affairs for the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety before it was merged into the new Department of Public Safety this year.
He worked for several newspapers in North Carolina, including the Washington Daily News and the Rocky Mount Telegram. He went to work in state government in 1990 with the N.C. Department of Agriculture.
Seneca worked in the state Division of Water Quality, and was deputy press secretary and policy adviser for Gov. Mike Easley. He was also communications director for the Department of Transportation.
He is survived by his wife, Julie