An Eastern Carolina district attorney will now head the Governor's Crime Commission.
Scott Thomas, who is D.A. for Craven, Carteret & Pamlico counties was appointed by Governor Beverely Perdue.
Thomas was elected district attorney in 2006, and prior to that served as a state senator for five years.
"The Governor's Crime Commission will be an active voice in my administration, advising me on the best ways to prevent, deter and fight crime," said Perdue. "As a district attorney, Scott Thomas has put criminals behind bars while working closely with sheriffs, police chiefs and law enforcement officials on a wide range of criminal justice issues. He chaired the Senate Justice and Public Safety Appropriations Subcommittee, so he understands clearly the mission of every facet of North Carolinas criminal justice system. Scott Thomas will be a strong leader of the crime commission."
The governor also reappointed Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight, 1st Judicial District Judge Carlton Cole, Hyde County Clerk of Court Sharon Sadler, and Rocky Mount Police Captain Wayne Sears to the commission.