North Carolina State Government - The Executive Branch - Other Key Offices

The following Key Offices of the State of North Carolina are established by the State Constitution, and all are elected positions. Some of these offices were created very early in colonial times by the Lords Proprietors or the Crown, and were considered to be so important that upon statehood North Carolina decided to continue them. Other offices were created much later, but were considered to be essential that they remain independent as specified in the State Constitution. Per the 1971 North Carolina Constitution, all of the leaders of these Key Offices make up the Council of State.

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Current Key State Offices - Also Defined as the Council of State

State
Office

Year
Established

Current
Leader

Current
Website

Notes /
Comments

Secretary of State

1777

Elaine F. Marshall

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Position originally created by Lords Proprietors.

Attorney General

1777

Joshua Stein

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Position originally created by Lords Proprietors.

State Treasurer

1777

Dale R. Folwell

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Position originally created by Lords Proprietors. For quite a while, the State required multiple treasurers.

State Auditor

1868

Beth A. Wood, CPA

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Began in 1862 as Auditor of Public Accounts.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

1868

Mark Johnson

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Singular position evolved into a large State Department.

Commissioner of Agriculture

1877

Steve Troxler

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Small board evolved into a large State Department.

Commissioner of Insurance

1899

Mike Causey

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Small board evolved into a large State Department.

Commissioner of Labor

1887

Cherie Killian Berry

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Began as the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1887.

The following Key State Offices are critical to the overall mangement of State resources, but are not part of the Council of State.

Other Key State Offices

State
Office

Year
Established

Current
Leader

Current
Website

Notes /
Comments

Adjutant General

1806

Major General Gregory A. Lusk

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Office of the State Controller

1985

Linda Combs

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