Perdue To Replace Health & Human Services Secretary

North Carolina Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue says Health and Human Services Secretary Dempsey Benton won't stay in that position permanently in her administration.

Perdue told WRAL-TV on Wednesday that Benton has agreed to stay
on the job to help in the transition to his yet-announced successor.

Benton became department secretary in September 2007 to replace
Carmen Hooker Odom and has been working to improve the state's
struggling mental health system.

Perdue said Benton has been doing a good job trying to fix problems but that she's been looking nationwide for her own HHS secretary.

Benton has generally received good marks, leading to questions
whether he would stay on after Gov. Mike Easley leaves office next

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