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Oops -- One of Perdue's last appointments breaks the rules


Oops! One of Gov. Bev Perdue's final appointments last week was naming a well-connected New Bern man to the state Coastal Resources Commission.

Unfortunately, two other commissioners already live in Craven County, and the commission's rules prohibit more than two members coming from the same county.

Her choice of William Naumann, a former yachting company executive, has sent the commission staff scrambling.

"We’re aware that this is an issue, and are working to resolve it with the governor’s office," commission spokeswoman Michele Walker said Monday morning. "At this time, I don’t know what the outcome will be."

The slip-up probably means that Perdue lost the chance to appoint someone, since she is no longer the governor as of Saturday.

Already serving on the 15-member board are Craven County residents Bob Emory and Ed Mitchell. Naumann is married to Patricia Naumann, who is president of the Tryon Palace Council of Friends. He is a longtime contributor to the campaigns of candidates from both parties, including to Perdue, who is from New Bern.

Update: Walker reports on Monday afternoon that Naumann will not be appointed and has been notified. That spot on the commission, set aside for a representative of marine-related business, remains vacant for now.

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