McCrory holds swearing-in ceremony for 2 new Cabinet members Tuesday

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Two familiar faces in North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration now officially lead two agencies upgraded recently to Cabinet-level departments.

Cornell Wilson was sworn in as the first secretary of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs during a ceremony Tuesday in the old Capitol building. Moments later, Chris Estes was sworn in as head of the Department of Information Technology.

Wilson has been McCrory’s military adviser. Estes has been the state chief information officer and keeps that title.

Lawmakers agreed in last month’s state budget to fulfill McCrory’s request to expand the state IT office and a military and veterans division to stand-alone departments. McCrory says the changes create efficiencies and help serve the state better.

The changes mean there are now 10 Cabinet-level departments, up from eight.

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