Former state Sen. Andy Wells is taking on a new role in government less than a week after retiring early from the N.C. General Assembly.
Wells has been appointed to the N.C. Board of Transportation by Senate Leader Phil Berger, according to a release from Berger’s office.
Wells said his goal is to address what he sees as extreme fiscal irresponsibility in the N.C. Department of Transportation.
“DOT’s mismanagement has created a huge hardship,” Wells said. “I mean they’re furloughing employees, they’re stopping contracts. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The poor management and financial problems at the department have held up the expansion of U.S. 321 and road repairs in Alexander County, Wells said.
Wells, who represented Catawba and Alexander counties in the Senate, was set to leave the legislature when his term expired at the end of the year.
He chose to run in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor earlier this year rather than seek another term in the Senate.
Wells was defeated in the primary. He announced his retirement on July 20 and officially retired July 27.
The question of who fills out the remaining months of the Senate term will fall to a committee of Republicans from Catawba and Alexander counties.
The leadership of the Catawba and Alexander Republican parties did not respond to an inquiry about the state of that process on Friday.
Dean Proctor is the Republican nominee for the Senate seat. He’s set to face off against Democrat Tina Miles in the general election.
Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.
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