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Cooper Appoints New Highway Patrol Commander PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:32
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Major Freddy L. Johnson Jr. as the next Commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
“The brave men and women of the Highway Patrol work tirelessly to protect North Carolina and I’m thankful for their service,” Governor Cooper said. “Commander Johnson has a distinguished record of service and I look forward to working with him to keep our state safe.”
“I am extremely grateful to Governor Cooper for selecting Johnson as the next Commander,” Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks stated. “I’m looking forward to working with Commander Johnson as he will be an integral part of my DPS Leadership Team.”
Major Johnson is a native of Fayetteville and graduate of Fayetteville State University. A 1996 Honor Graduate of Highway Patrol Basic School, Johnson began his career as a trooper in Lumberton and has served the majority of his career in Robeson and Cumberland Counties. He was promoted to the rank of captain in 2013 and major on March 1, 2017.
“Being chosen to lead such a great organization with such great people is an incredible honor,” Commander Johnson said. “I will do all I can to support the men and women of the patrol while continuing to build stronger partnerships with the communities we serve across this great state. Together, we can all make our communities safer places to travel, live and work.” 
Major Johnson is a 2019 graduate of the FBI National Academy program and 2006 graduate of the Administrative Officer Management Program at NC State. He has been the recipient of the numerous awards, including: 2020 Greater Fayetteville Chamber Award, the Department of Public Safety’s Badge of Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance for Planning and Oversight of Patrol Operations during the U.S. Open Golf Championships in Pinehurst; Highway Patrol’s Samaritan Award; N.C. Governor Highway Safety Program’s 2016 State Law Enforcement Partner of the Year and the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief ’s 2016 Fire Officer of the Year.
Johnson is married to his wife of 25 years, Dawn, and has a son, Trey.
Cooper Appoints New Secretary of Administration PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:29
Governor Roy Cooper appointed N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Chief Deputy Secretary and Senior Policy Advisor Pamela Brewington Cashwell to lead the Department of Administration as Secretary. She will serve in the post formerly held by Machelle Sanders, who now leads the N.C. Department of Commerce as Secretary.
“Pam Cashwell’s wealth of experience has prepared her to lead the agency that state government relies on for many critical support functions,” said Governor Cooper. “Her goal-oriented approach will help ensure efficient state government operations as well as advocacy and equity programs that benefit all North Carolinians.”
“I am humbled and honored to continue my service to the people of North Carolina in this new role as Secretary of the Department of Administration. I look forward to working with the Department’s excellent team of employees, passionate groups of advocates across the state and the many state agencies the Department serves every day,” said Brewington Cashwell.
Pamela Brewington Cashwell will be the first American Indian woman to head a state cabinet department in the state’s history.
In her current role, Brewington Cashwell serves as Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Deputy Secretary for Professional Standards, Policy and Planning at the Department of Public Safety, overseeing the Office of Special Investigations, Internal Audit, Communications, Private Protective Services, and Policy and Strategic Planning.
She formerly served as assistant director at the State Ethics Commission, as a trial attorney and attorney advisor in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The North Carolina native graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor in Economics and a Juris Doctorate. Brewington Cashwell, who is Lumbee and Coharie, has long been an advocate for American Indian and women's issues and currently serves on the University’s Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the Women’s Leadership Council.
She currently serves on the State Reentry Council Collaborative, the N.C. Joint Cyber Security Task Force and was appointed by Governor Cooper to serve on the Human Trafficking Commission. In her new role, she will serve on numerous advocacy commissions.
Cooper Signs Three Bills Into Law PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:11
 Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law:


House Bill 82: Summer Learning Choice for NC Families 
Senate Bill 387: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021 
House Bill 53: Educ. Changes for Military-Connected Students 


Governor Cooper shared this statement on HB 82:
This pandemic has challenged students and teachers like never before. Providing a summer opportunity for academic growth plus mental and physical health will help schools begin to address those challenges.


Governor Cooper shared this statement on SB 387:
Learning to read early in life is critical for our children and this legislation will help educators improve the way they teach reading. But ultimate success will hinge on attracting and keeping the best teachers with significantly better pay and more help in the classroom with tutoring and instructional coaching.


Governor Cooper shared this statement on HB 53:
North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the country and this legislation helps children of servicemembers stay in schools here with continued in-state financial assistance even if their parents are moved out of state by military order. 
Health Officials Urge Vaccinations As COVID-19 Variant Concern Spreads PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 17 June 2021 10:15
There is increasing urgency for people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as the more dangerous new Delta variant is rapidly spreading in the United States, including in North Carolina. Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified the Delta variant as a ‘variant of concern’ because it spreads faster than current COVID-19 variants. Early studies from the United Kingdom have also shown a possible increased risk of hospitalization in people infected with the Delta variant. The currently available COVID-19 vaccines are the best protection against the virus and its variants.
The news comes as research is showing medical problems from COVID-19 can last even for those who did not have symptoms. A study by FAIR Health found that 19% of asymptomatic COVID-19 patients develop long-term symptoms such as pain, breathing difficulties, fatigue and high blood pressure. In addition, the study found that 27.5% of COVID-19 patients who were symptomatic but not hospitalized also developed lasting symptoms.
"While our COVID-19 trends are good, we are still seeing unvaccinated people hospitalized and dying from this virus, and many struggling with long-term effects like having difficulty breathing when doing simple activities. This is preventable if you get a vaccine to protect yourself and your community," said NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.
Getting a vaccine is the best way for people to protect themselves from COVID-19. Rigorous clinicals trials among thousands of people ages 12 and up have proven the vaccines are safe and effective against all circulating variants. More than 140 million Americans have now been safely vaccinated and protected from serious illness and virus-related hospitalization and death.  
North Carolinians now have another reason to get vaccinated. Four vaccinated North Carolinians 18 and older will win $1 million each and four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will win tuition for post-secondary education. Drawings will run from June 23 through Aug. 4. All North Carolina residents 12 and older who have been vaccinated with at least one dose are eligible, some restrictions may apply. Those vaccinated starting June 10 are entered twice for each drawing — increasing the chance of winning for the newly vaccinated. Drawings will take place every other week on Wednesdays with the first drawing on June 23. New entries will close at midnight on the Sunday prior to the Wednesday drawing. Winners will be verified and then announced.
Learn more about the $4 Million Summer Cash and Summer Cash 4 College Drawings at For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and the state’s Bringing Summer Back initiative, visit or dial 1- 888-675-4567. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 June 2021 10:18

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