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Dale Folwell resigns employment security role, mulls run for treasurer

Dale Folwell
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Dale Folwell, a former legislator who leads the state Division of Employment Security, announced Tuesday that he’ll resign effective Dec. 1.

A news release from the Department of Commerce highlighted Folwell’s role in eliminating the employment insurance system’s debt to the federal government. Earlier this month, Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration announced that the state has restored its unemployment insurance reserve to more than $1 billion, accomplished by curtailing benefits for the jobless and imposing a surcharge on employers in order to repay the debt.

“I have loved being a leader of a turnaround team who tore DES apart and correctly put it back together again,” Folwell said in a news release Tuesday. “An accomplishment is an accomplishment for only as long as it lasts. I’m leaving DES confident that no North Carolina governor will have to deal with a bankrupt system again.”

Folwell hasn’t said what he plans to do after he leaves the job. Shortly after state treasurer Janet Cowell announced last month that she won’t seek reelection, Folwell said he was interested in the job and would make an announcement in late November.

Reached Tuesday, Folwell said his earlier statement still stands but declined to comment further. “I’m going to go home over the holiday and talk with my family, but I wanted to make sure that I let the people of this agency know how much I loved being a part of this turnaround story,” he said.

McCrory praised Folwell’s work on the employment insurance debt. “Dale has been our point man on long-overdue reforms to the state’s unemployment insurance system, and his leadership on those and other important issues has been critical to North Carolina’s economic comeback,” McCrory said in the news release. “I am grateful for the energy and insight Dale brought to our administration and wish him the best in his next endeavors.”

After Folwell’s departure, commerce deputy assistant secretary Ted Brinn will fill his position on an interim basis.

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