Under the Dome

De Luca no longer on state Ethics Commission

Francis X. De Luca, who heads the conservative Raleigh-based think tank Civitas Institute, has resigned his post on the state Ethics Commission.

De Luca had been appointed to the commission, which is in charge of ethics complaints and other possible conflict-of-interest matters, by Senate leader Phil Berger in Nov. 2013.

De Luca declined comment. In a letter to Berger, Gov. Pat McCrory and the commission’s chairman, De Luca wrote that his resignation was effective March 20. He is still listed on the commission’s website. A bill that passed a committee on Tuesday would appoint Daniel Zeller of Rockingham County to replace him.

“I have found the staff and commissioners to be diligent, competent and committed to the work they do for the state,” De Luca wrote. “Due to other commitments, I feel it is in the best interest of the Commission, and myself, that I tender my resignation at this time.”

The ethics commission early this year received a complaint against McCrory. Recently, the commission sought funding for an independent investigation whose subject was not specified.