Governor Bev Perdue is on vacation this week. Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton said he has been told that Perdue is out of the country, and he will be acting governor until she returns to the state. A spokesperson for the governor said this will be a working vacation, and that Perdue and her husband had planned the vacation before the November election. She took office last month. Perdue also promised during a campaign stop in Wilmington in October that she would hold the first of her town hall meetings as governor in New Hanover County in mid-January. That meeting never happened, and so far has not been scheduled.