Former Marine Colonel Al Keller - also a former judge and assistant attorney general - will head up the State Department of Corrections. Keller's Chief Operating Officer will be Jennie Lou Lancaster.
Linda Hayes, chairwoman of the Governor's Crime Commission, will be Secretary of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
“These appointees have a proven record of success, distinguished management skills, and the ability to get positive, bottom-line results,” said Perdue in a statement released to the media. “I am confident that the team you see here today will be fully committed and focused on making North Carolina a safer state.”
The Governor-Elect gave each appointee 60 days to report back with the five most pressing problems facing their agencies.
Perdue still has to fill the secretaries of administration, commerce and health and human services posts before she takes office January 10.