RALEIGH – Bill Daughtridge will leave his post as secretary of the Department of Administration and become a member of the Industrial Commission, Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced today. McCrory did not name a name a new Administration secretary, saying that Kathryn Johnston, deputy secretary of service operations at the agency, will serve as acting secretary.
“Bill’s common sense leadership drove reform that resulted in savings to the taxpayer and better customer service for our citizens,” McCrory said in the release. “I look forward to his service on the Industrial Commission where he will be a sentinel for North Carolina’s workers and citizens.”
The appointment of Daughtridge is technically an “emergency appointment,” meaning that Daughtridge will begin his new post immediately but will be subject to confirmation when the General Assembly returns in April. A spot on the Industrial Commission has been open since McCrory named commission chairman Drew Heath his budget director in early January.
Daughtridge came in with McCrory’s original cabinet when he took office in January 2013. A businessman from Rocky Mount, Daughtridge served three terms in the General Assembly. McCrory appointed Iredell County attorney Charlton Allen, who had been on the commission since 2014, as chairman in late January.
McCrory called Kathryn Johnson “a team builder who delivers results,” saying that the state is “fortunate to have her at the helm of a department that has delivered so many services to the people of North Carolina.” According to the governor’s office, Johnson came to the department after serving as a city manager in Florida. The native Tarheel was also budget director for the City of Wilmington and earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro in economics and political science. She also earned a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State University.