Art Pope is stepping down as North Carolina budget director, Gov. Pat McCrory said Wednesday.
Lee Roberts of Raleigh will replace Pope as state budget director.
Pope pledged an "orderly transition" at Wednesday's press conference announcing his departure. He will stay on as budget director through the first week of September.
"Art Pope has been an invaluable public servant for the people of North Carolina," McCrory said. "His knowledge and leadership helped produce historic tax reform while producing two balanced budgets that put North Carolina back on the road to prosperity. He has dedicated much of his life to the betterment of North Carolina and it has been a privilege to have him at my side."
Roberts has experience in banking and real estate and recently served as managing director of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings in Raleigh. McCrory appointed Roberts to the state banking commission in 2013.
"Lee has a terrific sense of fiscal sensibility and responsibility, and I’m excited to have him join our team," McCrory said. "North Carolina state government will thrive under his oversight. His experience in the global marketplace will provide a useful and original perspective, and his leadership skills will further our administration’s goal of thoughtful, deliberate stewardship of taxpayer dollars."
This is a developing story.