Today, the General Assembly feted senior staffers David Crotts and Jim Mills as they prepare to retire at the end of March. David, our senior economist, started work in the Fiscal Research Division in December, 1974, his 33 years of service made him the senior permanent legislative staffer in North Carolina. Jim has worked on the Justice and Public Safety team in Fiscal Research Team since 1990, and has 22 years of state service. It was noted in the speechmaking that David Crotts had the job of telling longetime budget kingmakers Ken Royall and Billy Watkins how much money was available for expenditure.
Last month, I wrote about the retirements of Research Director Terry Sullivan after 35+years of service and House Legislative Assistants Director Anne Cole, who started in the 1963 Session. On April 1, I will be senior on our permanent staff with 31 years. I had planned to stay four years when I was hired.