North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Jessica Holmes, an attorney and former Wake County commissioner, as the new State Auditor, replacing Beth Wood who recently resigned amidst a scandal involving misuse of a state vehicle. Holmes will officially take office on December 15, following Wood's departure. The Governor lauded Holmes for her extensive experience and leadership, particularly emphasizing her role in managing a significant local budget.
From Commissioner to State Auditor
Jessica Holmes, a Democrat, has had a considerable political career before this appointment. She served as a Wake County Commissioner from 2014 to 2020, during which time she was elected as the board's chair, making her the youngest person to hold that position. In 2021, she was appointed as a deputy commissioner on the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which addresses workers' compensation claims. Now, she is set to handle the responsibilities of the auditor's office, overseeing government spending, and assessing the efficiency of state programs.
Holmes’ Commitment to Accountability
In her new role, Holmes has vowed to focus on accountability and the eradication of wasteful spending. She has pledged to ensure that all allocated funds are used appropriately, underlining her dedication to efficient use of taxpayer dollars. In a move that appears to directly address the scandal surrounding her predecessor, Holmes has stated that she will not use a state-owned vehicle during her tenure.
This appointment is not just a significant step in Holmes' career, but it also marks a historic moment for North Carolina. She is potentially the first African American woman to serve on the North Carolina Council of State, a feat that reflects the increasing diversity in the state's political sphere. Moreover, Holmes has already expressed her intention to run for a full term as auditor in the upcoming election, a move that could further solidify her position and influence in North Carolina politics.