NC controller resigns

Posted March 3, 2014

State Controller David McCoy

— State Controller David McCoy has resigned effective April 1, ending three decades in public service. 

McCoy, who was appointed by then-Gov. Mike Easley, serves as the state's chief accountant, overseeing the state's payroll system and making sure the state's bank accounts balance.

"None of us are immune from the passage of time, and a number of health and family issues have arisen that I now need to focus on," McCoy wrote in an email to his staff Monday morning. In his resignation letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, McCoy writes that his last day will be March 31, 2014.

Controllers typically serve for a seven-year term. McCoy's appointment would have expired June 30, 2015. McCrory will appoint McCoy's replacement, who must be confirmed by the General Assembly. 

McCoy is a former transportation secretary and budget director

With rare exceptions, state controller is typically a little-noticed position within state government. McCoy helped iron out problems with BEACON, a payroll system that initially sparked complaints from many state workers who said there were errors in issuing paychecks. Most of those concerns have since died down. His office also developed the CJLEADS system, a widely praised computer database used by law enforcement to access information on suspects.


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  • notexactly Mar 4, 2014

    really? what was he doing for the other 28 years then?

  • robkeehner Mar 4, 2014

    Have fun fishing and gardening.

  • Michael Hart Mar 4, 2014
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    got tired of juggling the numbers to make the implosion look like good news.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 4, 2014

    Sure hope that our gov. appoint someone who actually knows how to do the job. The GA will have to approve so, there a good chance it'll be someone who is responsible enough to handle the position and not some over price hack.

  • notexactly Mar 4, 2014

    hope you enjoy your retirement! Thanks.

  • Terry Watts Mar 4, 2014
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    Thank you for your Service to NC!

  • borealbob1952 Mar 3, 2014

    Looks like Artie Pope gots anover yob!!

  • Greg Boop Mar 3, 2014
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    Thank you for your service to North Carolina, Mr. McCoy!