Perdue budget director returns to post under Cooper

Posted January 2

— Gov. Roy Cooper has turned to a familiar name for his budget director.

Charlie Perusse, who served as state budget director under former Gov. Bev Perdue, will fill the role in Cooper's administration as director of the Office of State Budget and Management. Perusse, who also has been a lead fiscal analyst for the General Assembly, has served as Chief Operating Officer for the University of North Carolina system for the last five-plus years.

Cooper also said Monday that he is bringing three people whom he worked with as attorney general to serve in senior roles in his administration:

  • Barbara Gibson will direct the Office of State Human Resources. She has led the state Department of Justice Human Resources Department for 16 years.
  • William McKinney will serve as the governor's legal counsel. He served as special counsel to Cooper in the Attorney General’s Office.
  • Noelle Talley will be press secretary. She had been public information officer for the Department of Justice.

"We are putting together a deeply talented team, and I’m excited that these experienced leaders with proven results will help me move our state forward," Cooper said in a statement.

Cooper still hasn't nominated anyone as a cabinet secretary. Under a new state law, the state Senate will get to vet all nominees before they take office.


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  • Tracy Walter Jan 3, 8:47 p.m.
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    The recession had no impact on the careless decisions. Liberals only know how to spend money, never save.

  • Matt Wood Jan 3, 2:44 p.m.
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    You always seem to conveniently leave out that it was the recession that caused the issues that led to the debt! NC had to borrow from the federal government to help pay unemployment. Not only that, but it was a REPUBLICAN general assembly that crafted the budget during her last years of office; the governor doesn't set the budget.

    You really need to stop spreading that misinformation, but you won't. And I'll keep calling you out on it.

  • Tracy Walter Jan 3, 12:25 p.m.
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    Looks like State employees can look for another furlough like under Perdue.

  • Sean Creasy Jan 3, 10:18 a.m.
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    Is this the same one that was there when the Purdue administration ended and left the state millions upon millions in debt?

  • Dolly Butler Jan 2, 6:38 p.m.
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    Henry Evans: maybe more money for teachers, school supplies, etc ??????...raising taxes on the 99% and then not using to help the 99% ...is that you idea?

  • Henry Evans Jan 2, 6:00 p.m.
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    Wonderful. The legislature will have to keep an eye on her, as her goal will be to fund projects and spend the surplus.