To paraphrase an old saying, the only reward for good work is more work. And more work is exactly what Rocky Mount native Bill Daughtridge was given this week by Gov.-elect Pat McCrory.
Daughtridge, a three-term state representative who served this area, will join McCrory’s Cabinet as administration secretary.
“My No. 1 requirement is finding talented individuals to join our team, who can run government in the most effective way possible regardless of political affiliation,” McCrory said Thursday at a news conference.
Daughtridge has spent the past two years as an unpaid senior adviser to N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, in addition to his work on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and as CEO of his family-owned gas and oil company.
Among his new duties, Daughtridge will review all of the state’s property and assets and come up with a plan on what should be kept and what should be sold. He’ll also review state contracts and procurement procedures and decide if his department could be better divided among other offices.
A former Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Daughtridge was the GOP nominee for state treasurer in 2008. He also has worked with many economic development panels.
Daughtridge will bring a working knowledge of the state government and how to run a private business to a position that requires experience in both the public and private sector to do well. His recommendations could help reduce long-term financial burdens on the state of North Carolina and provide some one-time cash infusions to help fill the state coffers.
Daughtridge’s years of experience will continue to serve the state with his new job. We offer our congratulations to a hard-working, civic-minded member of the community.