from @NCCapitol on WRAL.com:
Kim Westbrook Strach, a longtime investigator with the State Board of Elections, will take over as the board's director on May 15.
Strach replaces Gary Bartlett, who has served as the state's top elections professional for nearly 20 years.
The board made the move at a meeting Wednesday morning after five new members appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory last week took their oaths of office...
[Democrats] Malcolm and Kricker objected to appointed Strach, not because she was unqualified, but because they had not had a chance to meet her or review the qualifications of other potential candidates.
"I am concerned about this rush to bring forward a new director without our actually meeting the potential candidates," Kricker said.
Both Kricker and Malcolm advocated for keeping Bartlett on staff until June so that the board would have more time to review replacements.
"She (Strach) seems like a very capable, competent person," Malcolm said, adding that the quick appointment, "is doing a disservice to this board, and I think it's doing a disservice to her quite frankly."
Board Republicans said they were confident in Strach's qualifications and saw no reason to wait.