Gov. Pat McCrory shed more light on his decision to hire former Wake County schools superintendent Tony Tata, a retired Army general, to be secretary of transportation.
McCrory said he interviewed Tata for two jobs: to be chairman of the state Board of Education and head the division of Corrections.
“When I interviewed him, I realized he built roads under fire in Afghanistan,” McCrory told the Emerging Issues Forum luncheon in Raleigh on Tuesday. “I figured if he can build roads under fire in Afghanistan he can sure do it in North Carolina.''