North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to consolidate three agencies that employ state troopers, probation officers and juvenile counselors into one Cabinet-level department.
Perdue said Thursday that the proposed Department of Public Safety would save money and improve efficiency. It would include the current Departments of Correction, Juvenile Justice and Crime Control and Public Safety.
The governor also called for a hiring freeze of non-critical positions in all of her cabinet agencies and asked Council of State and other agencies to do the same.
Perdue also wants to shift the Employment Security Commission to the Commerce Department and bring in the State Controller's Office into an expanded Department of Administration.
Many of the changes would require legislative approval.
Perdue told a group of business leaders in Pinehurst she would release more details early next year.