Friday News: Bureaucratic Defensive Posture (BDP)


FACING FIRING, POLARIZING VAN DER VAART GIVES HIMSELF LESSER ROLE. (AP) — The N.C. environmental agency leader who headed Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s response to coal ash and other pollution problems is taking a demotion and pay cut to avoid being fired by incoming Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper. State Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald Van Der Vaart is claiming a job as an environmental program manager effective Saturday — a day before Cooper becomes governor, according to employment records kept by the Office of State Controller. His pay will drop to about $97,000 after making $131,000 a year as agency secretary.…

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