• 73°

Almeida leaving McCrory’s administration

RALEIGH — Tony Almeida of Salisbury is leaving Pat McCrory’s administration after a year as the governor’s senior adviser on jobs and the economy.
Almeida cited health and family issues; his mother in Atlanta has been ill.
Almeida said when he worked on McCrory’s transition team he committed to stick with the administration as McCrory got his economic plan into place. Part of that was the completion of the N.C. Jobs Plan, released last month by the state Economic Development Board.
“That was the last thing on my list,” Almeida said.
Almeida retired in 2011 as vice president for economic development at Duke Power after being with the company 32 years.
“I didn’t plan to go back to work full-time,” he said Thursday. Commuting to Raleigh from Salisbury each week was not on his retirement agenda, either.
He said he and his brother are caring for their mother. Almeida has had heart trouble in the past and his own health “could be better,” he said.
McCrory was understanding and appreciative about his decision, Almeida said, and gave him a couple of weeks to wind things up. Today is Almeida’s last day on the job.
“It’s been a great experience,” he said. “… I feel very good about my small part.”
Almeida is the fourth person to step down from McCrory’s administration in a five-week span, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh. Others were Blannie Cheng, Almeida’s deputy; Jonathan Felts, a political adviser; and Ricky Diaz, communications chief at the Department of Health and Human Services.
McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the resignations were not related, and she praised Almeida, The N&O reported.
“The administration commends his work,” Genardo said. “He led a lot of great projects.”

Comments

Comments closed.

Health

‘Nudge from God’: 10 years after diagnosis, Rockwell man to receive kidney from live donor

Crime

Salisbury police warn residents after increased trailer thefts

Education

Elon heightens alert as 32 test positive; Wake Forest in good shape to continue instruction as is

Cleveland

Corn picker catches fire at Knox Farm, destroying nearly eight acres

Nation/World

House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

News

Supreme Court vacancy looms large in 2nd NC Senate debate

Coronavirus

Additional COVID-19 death reported in Rowan; Cooper announces small business relief

Crime

Asheville man charged with heroin possession following traffic checkpoint

Education

Susan Cox conceding school board race, putting support behind opponent

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools will survey families, stakeholders about next superintendent

Local

Library to reopen for in-person visits Oct. 1

Local

Rowan Sheriff’s Office K-9s to receive bulletproof vests

Crime

Man charged with sex offense, raping teen

Business

Commissioners receive analysis of county’s development application process

Crime

Man arrested in Spencer in connection with Charlotte murder investigation

Local

County government losing assistant manager, social services director

Education

RSS will collect information on full K-5 return

Education

KCS sees smooth transition back to classes, unlikely to transition to all in-person for K-5

Nation/World

Barrett emerges as court favorite; Trump to pick by weekend

Local

Tillis says Trump will extend offshore drilling pause to NC

Coronavirus

12% of all Rowan COVID-19 cases currently active

Crime

Blotter: Concord man faces drug charges after hotel disturbance call

Crime

Rockwell teen charged with rape of a 14-year-old girl

Crime

Police: Charlotte man caught stealing funeral home employee’s truck