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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The McCrory administration is having trouble answering questions about its new Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.

A month ago, a StarNews letter to the editor caught our attention. Charles Anderson of Burgaw questioned how appropriate it was for John Skvarla to lead the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Anderson claimed Skvarla’s “company collected $4 million from state taxpayers” through work for DENR.

So we e-mailed Gov. McCrory’s Director of Communications Chris Walker and Assistant Director of Communications Ricky Diaz about it. Despite resending the e-mail several times over the last few weeks, neither man has answered.

Thursday, we tried again by calling Walker, Diaz and the communications office at DENR to find out if Skvarla’s company Restoration Systems really had benefited and may still from DENR contracts.

DENR staff told us Skvarla would not be available for at least a week to answer any questions. A DENR spokesman said Skvarla is no longer CEO of the company, and all his financial interests are in a blind trust.

Everyone we spoke with referred us to McCrory Press Secretary Crystal Feldman, who said she needed more information to answer our question.

More calls led us to find out that Walker is no longer McCrory’s communications director, having left the post last week. Diaz says he’s now “the point person” in the communications office, and said he never replied to our messages because they went to his e-mail account for McCrory’s campaign.

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10 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: McCrory administrations struggles to answer questions about DENR chief"

2015 years 10 months ago

No, he is not better than that. His early political career as a councilman in Charlotte was marred with scandal. Leopards don’t change their spots and politicians don’t get more honest; they just learn how to cover their tracks better.
Mark my words, this administration will be filled with scandal and good old boy politics.

2015 years 10 months ago

If its true then this guy has a conflict whether he’s still CEO or not.
Second – these guys in McCrory’s office need to get it together.
Third – who vetted this guy?

C’mon Pat – you’re better than this


2015 years 10 months ago

Vog, I truly wish this board had a “thumbs-up” button because for certain you’d have one from me for your above comment.

I genuinely hope for our new governor that some of these appointments are merely start up glitches and that his administration will not be defined by these events.

Further, I appreciate the cordiality of your writing and the thoroughness of your analysis. I have elected to retire my “TBag” double entendre handle so as to no longer be distastefully foul. I really did begin my career all too many years ago working for a tea company… I have re-named myself in honor of my consistently abysmal performance on the golf course.

2015 years 10 months ago

I expected much more out of him, not the usual pat on the back rewards to good friends and campaign contributors.

2015 years 10 months ago

“I have re-named myself in honor of my consistently abysmal performance on the golf course.”

I had thought of that too but then my moniker would be “SubPar”……..(which I did once – on one hole)


2015 years 10 months ago

…McCrory could sit there, do nothing, smile and live off the government dole for 8 years and still be 10X better than ol’ slippie lipped Perdue!

2015 years 10 months ago

While most republicans won’t openly admit it, McCrory has so far been a huge disappointment/embarrassment to the their party.

2015 years 10 months ago

Apparently McCrorys DHHS director is having people quit before they even start:


Look – the Governor has to realize that there are zealots within the party that are going to over reach in their misguided belief that somehow NC is so bad off that they have to fix everything in a week or two. The Governor even tried to slow them down by wanting to delay the Medicaid expansion vote to study it more but the Senate pushed it through anyway.

Rushed appointments
Turnover in the Communications department already
Excuses by the “point person” on email addresses and not responding to requests from the media.
Conflict of interest appointments to DEHNR
This appointment at DHHS.

McCrory is a thinker and “policy wonk”.

But the impression that is beginning to emerge in my mind is that of an administration that is out of control, making appointments based upon ideology but no vetting and rushed decisions.
Added to this mix is the Legislature that is hell bent on putting an ideological stamp on everything immediately.
They DO need to slow down.
The unemployment thing is a perfect example. The administration has not created ONE job so far, but are willing to throw 80,000+ people off extended benefits, and reduce benny’s for the million plus that are collecting.
According to the Star News this will take $225M out of the states economy IMMEDIATELY. I’m not so sure they should do that. The Governors initial thought was to do unemployment in a year – that would give his policies time to generate jobs – if they were successful. The states recovery is anemic compared to the weak national recovery.
Pat needs to stand up and say “Stop” – we need to do these things, but in a controlled studied manner. He very seldom “rushed” decisions while Mayor of Charlotte I don’t know why he’s doing it – or allowing it – now.
These misteps I hope are growing pains, otherwise he may end up devastating the state.


2015 years 10 months ago

Perdue was a disaster but McCrory is off to a disturbingly bad start.

If you’re happy with that, just because McCrory isn’t Perdue, you’re nothing but a conservative ideologue and a damn fool.

The citizens of NC deserve better than that from their government, regardless of which party or govenor is in office.

2015 years 10 months ago

I’d had really hoped McCrory was going to be better than our last Gov but alas I have little hope left. McCrory is shaping up to be an inept 1 term Gov. His admin seems out of control with little direction or vision. The NC GOP has become a national embarrassment. I just hope the citizens of this great state can weather the storm??


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