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Leadership shake-up in NC legislature’s research division

N.C. General Assembly research director Walker Reagan is no longer in his position leading staff attorneys and other researchers who advise lawmakers on policy and legislation.
N.C. General Assembly research director Walker Reagan is no longer in his position leading staff attorneys and other researchers who advise lawmakers on policy and legislation. cseward@newsobserver.com

The legislature’s longtime Research Division director is no longer in his position and his employment status is “undetermined.”

Walker Reagan has worked for the General Assembly’s nonpartisan Research Division since 1992. Until last week, he oversaw more than 50 staff attorneys and other researchers who advise lawmakers on policy and legislation.

According to the legislature’s human resources department, Reagan’s “employment duties” ended last Wednesday.

“His current status right now is undetermined,” Anita Morris said, adding that he has neither resigned nor been fired.

Reagan’s boss is former Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble, who was hired as the legislative services officer in August. “I can’t comment on personnel matters,” he said Monday when asked about Reagan.

A staffer answering the phone at the Research Division said Reagan no longer works there. The legislature’s director of bill drafting, Kory Goldsmith, said she’s also now serving as acting director of research. She referred all further questions to Coble.

The National Conference of State Legislatures honored Reagan last year at its annual awards ceremony. It said he “has tirelessly dedicated his talents to the legislators, staff and constituents of North Carolina for over 20 years and is an institution in his own right.”

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