Gov. Pat McCrory has chosen a longtime veteran of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to be its new leader, his office announced Friday.
The appointment of Janie Sutton makes her acting director, pending confirmation by the General Assembly when it convenes later this year.
Sutton replaces B.W. Collier, who in January unexpectedly announced he would retire, citing personal reasons. Collier had been appointed to be the first director to serve an eight-year term with the move of the agency from under the control of the attorney general to the governor last year.
Sutton has been with the SBI for 25 years, and has been its deputy director since last year. She has been a field agent, assistant special agent in charge and agent in charge of the southeastern district. She was also part of the agency’s crisis negotiation team and in 2014 was named assistant director of field operations.
"It is an honor and a privilege to serve the SBI and the governor as acting director,” Sutton said in an announcement the governor’s office released. “I look forward to continued collaboration within our agency and without as we build on the strong history of the SBI.”