Cooper releases cabinet salaries

Posted February 8

Gov. Roy Cooper begins assembling his cabinet.

— Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday released the salaries for the eight members of his cabinet that he has named so far.

When Cooper appointed his department heads in January, he did not announce their salaries at the time, which has been standard practice for prior administrations.

Despite a recent dust-up over whether senators have the right to confirm cabinet appointees, Cooper's department heads are already on the job.

"I'm proud to have brought together this talented, experienced and hard-working team to help me move North Carolina forward," Cooper said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for Cooper pointed out that the cabinet has an average of 24 years of experience, and each has advanced degrees. The list includes:

  • Larry Hall, Military and Veterans Affairs: $130,935
  • Tony Copeland, Commerce: $138,040
  • Machelle Sanders, Administration: $130,935
  • Jim Trogdon, Transportation: $195,352
  • Susi Hamilton, Natural and Cultural Resources: $138,040
  • Erik Hooks, Public Safety: $138,040
  • Michael Regan, Environmental Quality: $130,935
  • Dr. Mandy Cohen, Health and Human Services: $142,100

Cooper has not yet named permanent heads for the Department of Revenue or the Department of Information Technology.


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  • Charlie Watkins Feb 9, 2017
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    There is not one thing wrong with paying off your supporters. Without them he would not have won. It is called politics and as long as he does not hire too many cousins he will be fine.

  • David Lewis Feb 9, 2017
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    Why is the Secretary of Transportation's salary $53k more than the governor's? I know he probably does more work, but it still seems like the guy at the top should get the top salary.