McCrory told reporters on Tuesday that Frank Perry, secretary of the Department of Public Safety, supports the move, and the two plan to meet soon to discuss it in detail.
Perry is a retired FBI agent who directed investigations at the state auditor's office, worked with the state Ethics Commission, and was director of investigations and public affairs for a public ethics foundation he helped form.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Perry said the move reflects the direction law enforcement is headed nationally: consolidating in order to share intelligence quickly in a post-9/11 world, adding that he is the designated U.S. Homeland Security adviser for North Carolina.
said the two previous administrations considered the move during an era of Democratic rule, and that 41 other states have similar arrangements.
said the SBI
would still pursue the kinds of cases it does now: crimes against children, cybercrime, arson, theft of state property, and assist local agencies.
In public corruption investigations initiated at the request of local district attorneys, Perry
said, it makes sense for the attorney general to still oversee those cases, along with the U.S. Attorney's Office
, through its special unit of prosecutors who assist district attorneys or replace them if they have been recused.
"I would welcome that scrutiny," Perry
He said he favors the idea of a director appointed by the governor for a long term, and who can only be removed for drastic reasons.
said it was similar to how the FBI
"That would take a lot away from the argument that it is a political move," Perry