Lorrie Dollar, a veteran state government official who has been running the public safety department’s administrative operations, has been named acting chief operating officer.
She replaces Ellis Boyle, who resigned effective Monday. N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry made the announcement Wednesday.
“Mrs. Dollar has a wealth of experience in legal, financial and personnel matters in both state government and the private sector,” Perry said in a news release. “I appreciate her willingness to step into this extremely important role and take on more responsibilities during this time of transition.”
Dollar, who is the wife of state Rep. Nelson Dollar, a key Republican legislator from Cary, has been a chief deputy state auditor, deputy commissioner with the N.C. Industrial Commission, general counsel for the Department of Correction, and a staff attorney with the state Department of Human Resources. She has been commissioner of administration with DPS since January 2013.
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Before that, she was in private practice with the Stephenson Law Firm in Cary, where she handled civil and administrative litigation. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a law degree from N.C. Central University.