John Skvarla continues to put together his team at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
He has named Joe Harwood, who ran his own Mecklenburg County-based consulting firm to lead the department's customer service branch as the agency's ombudsman. Like Gov. Pat McCrory, Harwood had previously worked for Duke Energy in the environmental, regulatory, legislative and customer affairs area.
During the campaign, McCrory had specifically mentioned DENR as a state agency that he thought was not business friendly. Skvarla created the post of ombudsman.
Skvarla also went to another power company veteran when he named Drew Elliot as his communications director. Elliott worked as spokesman for Progress Energy and before that was a legislative assistant for Republican Sen. Richard Burr. Most recently he worked at South University in Georgia as assistant to the chancellor for communications.
Also named was Carr McLamb, a Raleigh attorney, as DENR's deputy director of legislative affairs. He previously worked for the firm of Jordan Price Wall Gray Jones & Carlton.