McCrory names Tennyson new Secretary of NCDOT

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The acting secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation will assume permanent leadership over the agency a week after the former head suddenly resigned.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced Thursday to a meeting of the state Board of Transportation that Nick Tennyson, a former chief deputy secretary of the department, would assume the top job full-time.

Tennyson was a vocal supporter of the governor's proposal to borrow almost $3 billion for road and infrastructure projects, and helped McCrory pitch the plan to elected officials and business communities across the state. The House recently unveiled a similar proposal focused more on infrastructure.

Tennyson took over his temporary role last week after former DOT Secretary Tony Tata announced his sudden resignation in order to spend more time writing novels.

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