Tyson elevated to N.C. ethics commission chairman

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — A former Court of Appeals judge has succeeded another retired judge as chairman of the North Carolina State Ethics Commission.

Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday he’s elevated commission member John Tyson of Fayetteville to the top post on the panel, which interprets state government ethics and lobbying rules and investigates certain officials when accused of wrongdoing.

Tyson follows ex-Superior Court Judge Robert Farmer, who became chairman of the reconstituted commission in 2007 under then-Gov. Mike Easley. Tyson joined the commission in 2013.

McCrory also announced Friday commission appointments of former Court of Appeals Judge Ralph Walker and William Farthing Jr., who was the managing partner for the Parker Poe law firm.

Walker and Farthing replace Farmer and Alice Stubbs, whose terms expired this week.