North Carolina's budget Director Art Pope is leaving his post. Governor Pat McCrory made the announcement Wednesday afternoon. The governor said Pope's departure was anticipated and was not related to his controversial role in the McCrory Administration.
McCrory praised Pope for his public service and his knowledge of state government.
Pope said he will return to running his family's retail business, Variety Wholesalers. He declined to discuss in detail his future political plans.
Governor McCrory also announced that former banking executive Lee Roberts will be the stat's new budget director. Roberts, who is the son of NPR's Cokie Roberts, received his undergraduate degree from Duke and his law degree from Georgetown University.