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McCrory begins naming administration members

Gov.-elect Pat McCrory named three senior members of administration Thursday, including a former U.S. Ambassador to head health and human services and a Raleigh businessman lead the environmental agency.

At a news conference, McCrory announced that Aldona Wos, a Greensboro physician and former U.S. Ambassador to Estonia,would head the Department and Health and Human Services, one of the largest agencies in state government.

Also named was John Skvarla, the CEO of Restoration Systems, a Raleigh-based company, that does environmental mitigation work, to be his new secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.

McCrory also named Thomas Stith, a former Durham City Councilman, who has headed his transition team, to serve as his chief of staff.

“I am looking for talented individuals who can run government in the most effective way,” McCrory said in a news conference at his transition headquarters.

“My top priority as governor is to make sure we have a framework in place that will unleash our state's incredible resources for jobs and grow the economy and to ensure that North Carolina exceeds its potential,” he said. “We are building a strong team to make sure that these goals are met.''

McCrory said he has given his Cabinet secretaries a direction to institute “a culture of customer service,” and an understanding that “there is no new money” available, and that there needs to be greater collaboration between departments.

McCrory said he hopes to have all eight Cabinet secretaries appointed before he takes office on January 5.

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