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Interim Agriculture Commissioner Excited To 'Serve At Pleasure Of Governor'

Posted June 10, 2003

— After Meg Scott Phipps resigned as Agriculture Commissioner Friday, Gov. Mike Easley wasted little time naming Britt Cobb Jr. to run the department until Easley decides who will finish Phipps' term.

Cobb is a a 30-year employee with the Agriculture Department.

He spoke about his appointment Monday as the computer and other items in Cobb's office were on the move.

"I'm honored that Gov. Easley has asked me to serve you and the people of North Carolina in this capacity," Cobb said.

Cobb said the Governor picked him to be interim commissioner because of time they spent together last year on a trade mission to Japan.

"The governor asked me if I would help him out," Cobb said. "There was not a time frame. There was a beginning point, but there was not an ending point, and I will serve at the pleasure of the governor."

Cobb, a North Carolina native, was an assistant director of marketing in the Agriculture Department and worked with international sales. He said he had very little day-to-day contact with the top leaders in Phipps' administration.

Easley said he doesn't know who he may tap to fill Phipps' remaining term in office, nor when he will do it.

"I have not thought of anyone in particular," Easley said. "I have not named anyone. I have seen what has been printed (about possible successors to Phipps). But right now, I think the most important thing for me to do is keep an open mind."

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