Lorrie Dollar, a veteran of several state agencies who lost her job two weeks ago in a state Department of Public Safety shake-up, has been hired as a deputy director of the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts.
She is the wife of state Rep. Nelson Dollar, a Wake County Republican and a main budget writer in the state House of Representatives. She began her new job with the courts on Sunday.
Her salary is set at $115,301, $17,699 lower than her pay at her previous job.
Before signing on with the state office that oversees administration of courts across North Carolina, Dollar had been running the public safety department's administrative operations since Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration took over in 2013. She has been the chief operating officer since last year.
Last month, Lorrie Dollar and Commissioner of Administration William Crews were removed from their jobs, along with an administrative assistant. The reorganization followed the legislature’s unexpected cut in the department’s budget that eliminated the position of commissioner of law enforcement.
Department Secretary Frank Perry responded by finding a new position for the commissioner, Greg Baker, giving him responsibility for some of Lorrie Dollar’s and some of Crews’ functions.
Lorrie Dollar, who is a lawyer, has been a chief deputy state auditor, deputy commissioner with the N.C. Industrial Commission, general counsel for the former Department of Correction, and a staff attorney with the state Department of Human Resources.
She joins the Administrative Office of the Courts at a time when it has been struggling to convince the legislature to budget sufficient resources for courtroom staffing, technology and other areas.
Last month, DPS officials said efforts were underway to find new jobs for Lorrie Dollar and the two others who lost their jobs. Crews separated from employment with Public Safety effective Tuesday, according to the department. He had told The News & Observer that he would consider taking another position, but was also thinking about retiring again.
The administrative assistant, Chris Poucher, was given a new job in the juvenile justice section of the department.
This post was updated.