Under the Dome

New players top DENR headquarters

There has been a recent reshuffling in the upper echelons at the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with the naming of a new top attorney and a new pair of legislative liaisons.

Sam M. Hayes is the new general counsel, replacing John C. Evans, whom Secretary Donald van der Vaart promoted to chief deputy. Hayes was an attorney in a Washington, D.C. law firm, with experience representing organizations in civil disputes.

Matthew T. Dockham is the new director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs, replacing Neal Robbins. Dockham was legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, and he worked for former U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick.

J. Bradford Knott is the new deputy legislative liaison, replacing Carr McLamb. Knott was a legal specialist in the parks division at DENR.

Robbins and McLamb have returned to the private sector.

In a related change, Gerard "Jerry" Carroll of Charlotte is the new chairman of the Environmental Management Commission, appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory. He replaces Benne Hutson, who resigned.