RALEIGH – This morning Gov. Pat McCrory announced the appointment of Nick Tennyson as secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation. Tennyson was deputy secretary and has been acting secretary since the resignation of Tony Tata from the helm of the department last week.
Tennyson also served as the head of the Division of Motor Vehicles and as the mayor of Durham from 1997-2001. As mayor, he was on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which tackles transportation issues related to growth.
“Nick Tennyson is the perfect choice to continue the momentum we have made in North Carolina’s transportation strategy,” said McCrory. “He has been involved in planning all of our key transportation strategies over the last two and half years, and is equipped to hit the ground running to continue our progress.”
The Department of Transportation is one of the largest state agencies, with more than 14,000 employees and a budget of $3.9 billion. About 27 percent of the department’s funding comes from federal sources, with most of the remainder from the state’s motor fuels tax and DMV taxes and fees.