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Van Der Vaart Demotes Himself

RALEIGH – Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Donald van der Vaart has demoted himself to another position in the agency in a move to avoid dismissal as Roy Cooper prepares to take office as governor, the News & Observer reported.

Donald Van der Vaart

Donald Van der Vaart

Van der Vaart has returned to a position in the air quality division, a job apparently protected from political firing.

The move takes effect Sunday, when Cooper takes office.

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