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Cashwell named by Cooper as NC administration secretary

March 31, 2021 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Pamela Cashwell, a veteran North Carolina state agency administrator and former federal prosecutor, was appointed on Wednesday by Gov. Roy Cooper as the Department of Administration secretary.

Cashwell, a chief deputy secretary and senior policy adviser at the Department of Public Safety, will become the first Native American woman to lead a Cabinet agency in North Carolina, Cooper’s office said.

Cashwell will succeed Machelle Sanders, whom Cooper named in February the next Commerce Department secretary. Cashwell and Sanders are subject to state Senate confirmation.

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The Administration Department oversees many internal business affairs, including purchase and contracting, the state’s motor fleet and government buildings and property.

Cashwell, a North Carolina native connected to the Lumbee and Coharie tribes, previously served as assistant director at the State Ethics Commission. She was also a trial attorney in the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division and a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, the news release said.

Cashwell’s “wealth of experience has prepared her to lead the agency that state government relies on for many critical support functions,” Cooper said in the release.

The appointment means that Cooper has filled all of his Cabinet positions that were vacated as he transitioned into his second four-year term.