Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.