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Governor Appoints New Public Safety Secretary PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 September 2021 10:32

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Eddie Buffaloe to lead the Department of Public Safety as Secretary.

"Eddie Buffaloe’s experience, vision, leadership, management skills and strong law enforcement credentials make him ready for this critically important role and I’m grateful he is willing to take it on," said Governor Cooper. "As an officer, he has walked the beat on our streets and in our prisons and as a Chief of Police his leadership has shown that he understands the importance of building trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve."

“I am humbled by the opportunity given to me by Governor Cooper,” said Eddie Buffaloe. “As a former correctional officer, NC Guardsman, and current law enforcement executive I am excited to rejoin the DPS Correctional staff, members of the National Guard family, and other stakeholders along with our state law enforcement agencies in order to work and collaborate with our local law enforcement partners across the state to keep North Carolina safe.”

Buffaloe most recently served as the Director of Public Safety for the Elizabeth City Department of Public Safety and Interim City Manager. He is also the President of the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police. Prior to his current role in Elizabeth City, he served in various law enforcement and public safety capacities across the state including police chief, positions in two North Carolina sheriff’s departments and the North Carolina Department of Correction, and as a law enforcement instructor in the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission. Buffaloe also served in the North Carolina National Guard for 10 years.

Buffaloe holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Mount Olive, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Grand Canyon University and numerous law enforcement and public safety certifications. He currently serves as an adjunct faculty professor in the Criminal Justice departments at North Carolina Wesleyan College and College of the Albemarle.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 September 2021 10:33
 
Department of Insurance Arrests Raleigh Man For Fraud PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 September 2021 17:25
Cameron Russell Huffman, 24, of 2725 Webb St., Raleigh has been arrested and charged with obtaining property by false pretense, a felony.
 
Special agents for the Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigations Division accuse Huffman, the owner of Oak City Tree Service LLC., of obtaining $20,000 from a customer after advertising that his company had full liability insurance coverage. 
 
According to the arrest warrant, Huffman was unable to produce liability insurance policy information when a claim for damages was filed.
Special agents discovered that Huffman presented false and misleading information to a customer in Wake County saying that his company was fully insured. The customer sustained damage when the landscaping was disturbed from the tree and brush removal and water ran into her house. The customer learned, when attempting to file an insurance claim with Huffman’s insurance company, that the tree service was not insured as advertised.
 
The offense occurred between July 6 and July 8.
 
Special agents and Raleigh police arrested Huffman on Sept. 17. He was given a $10,000 unsecured bond.
 
Consumers may report suspected fraud and scams anonymously. Information is also available at www.ncdoi.gov.
 
 
Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Gets National Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 September 2021 17:17

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) this week reappointed NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall as Co-Chair of the NASS Securities Committee and as the organization's representative to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) Advisory Committee.

“I’m honored to be reappointed to continue the crucial work of these committees,” said Secretary Marshall. “As North Carolina’s top securities regulator it’s my mission to protect our state’s investing public, so I appreciate the NASS Securities Committee’s work to facilitate the dialogue about state securities regulation. The work of the Uniform Law Commission strengthens our federal system by providing a consistent legal framework that allows for a level of uniformity in statutes across the states while respecting the diverse needs of each state.”

“Each Secretary of State appointed brings their own unique talents, perspective and leadership experience. I’m thankful to them for agreeing to serve in these vital posts and I appreciate their contributions to the association,” said Kyle Ardoin, NASS President and Louisiana Secretary of State.

The Uniform Law Commission provides states with model legislation designed to bring clarity to critical areas of state statutory law.

The Securities Committee reviews the actions of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) and other stakeholder organizations, Congress, and relevant federal agencies with an interest in state securities regulation.

NCSOS’s Securities Division enforces and administers North Carolina’s securities laws, which are designed to protect the investing public.

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States.

 

 
Food Stamp Benefits Will Increase 25% In October PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 September 2021 17:03
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced households enrolled in the Food and Nutrition Services program will see their benefits increase by 25% beginning Oct. 1, 2021, as part of a national re-evaluation of benefit amounts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More than 1.6 million people are enrolled in FNS in North Carolina
 
The increase is the result of a congressionally mandated re-evaluation of the program to determine if it reflects the current cost of a nutritionally adequate diet. This is the largest benefit increase in the program’s history, with the average monthly per-person benefit rising from $121 to $157. The amount was last revised in 2006.
 
More than 1.4 million North Carolinians are facing hunger and of them 419,470 are children, according to Feeding America. That is one in seven people and one in five children. Food insecurity is associated with numerous adverse health outcomes ranging from high blood pressure to diabetes to mental illness. Children are particularly susceptible to the negative impacts of a lack of access to healthy food because their brains and bodies are still developing.
 
This permanent 25% increase in FNS benefits will begin at the same time as a temporary 15% increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic ends on Sept. 30.  
 
"Having enough nutritious food every day is an essential part of health and well-being," said NCDHHS Chief Deputy Secretary for Opportunity and Well-Being Susan Gale Perry. "Too many of our fellow North Carolinians suffer from food insecurity. This will help hundreds of thousands of North Carolina families — many with young children — keep nutritious food on the table."
 
SNAP is credited with lifting millions of people out of poverty each year. It helps families buy adequate food, reduces poverty and helps stabilize the economy during recessions.
 
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