Perdue called on to fire 2 cabinet members

Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young and Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Correction Alvin Keller

February 9, 2010 4:00:30 AM PST
Tom Fetzer - chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party - called on Governor Beverly Perdue Monday to fire two of her cabinet secretaries.First on Fetzer's list was Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Reuben Young.

Before Perdue appointed him, Young served as chief legal counsel for former Governor Michael Easley. Fetzer said Young has been tainted by the scandals surrounding Easley - specifically, that Young did nothing to prevent Easley's staff from deleting e-mails or creating secret e-mail accounts for state business - both potential violations of open records law.

Fetzer said Perdue can't claim to be a reform governor with high ranking members of the Easley team in her inner circle.

The GOP chairman also took aim at Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Correction Alvin Keller. Fetzer said there are more probation officer vacancies in the corrections department than when Keller took over.

"The vacancies have gone from 109 to 141. And the people of North Carolina are rightfully concerned, angry, and frightened about the prospect of convicted criminals out on parole, unsupervised. The memory of Eve Carson demands that they get on top of this," said Fetzer.

Governor Perdue says the criticism is politically motivated.

"I can't judge what happened under the prior administration," Perdue said. "My only comment about that is I wish it would end very quickly and go to trial or whatever and be done with it, because we are all sick of it in North Carolina."

Perdue also voiced confidence in Young Monday.

Send pictures | Classifieds | Report A Typo |  Send Tip |  Get Alerts
Most Popular  |  Follow abc11 on Twitter  |  abc11 on Facebook


Load Comments