State by Mr. A. S. Hanes, in the short time he has served as temporary chairman of the Highway Commission.
It was the policy of Mr. Page, expressed to me before he resigned, to reduce the overhead of the Highway Department. Mr. Hanes adopted the policy of Mr. Page and carried it to full fruition. In barely two months time he has, by prodigious effort, reduced the overhead operating expense of the department by the substantial sum of $165,000. And this has been accomplished without any sacrifice of morale or efficiency. He has carried forward vigorously the strict and scrupulous business policies so ably initiated under Mr. Page's direction and the department is now functioning with absolute efficiency.
Mr. Hanes's willingness to drop his large business affairs and assume the arduous and responsible charge of this important department of the State's government is finely illustrative of the high patriotism and unselfish civic interest with which the public service of the State is constantly enriched. One of the enduring satisfactions of my administration thus far arises from the fact that I have not called upon a single citizen to perform a public service who has not instantly responded. Such a happy state of affairs augurs well for the future of North Carolina.
MARCH 28, 1929
I hate to see Bridges leave. I have a deep and genuine admiration and regard for him both personally and as an able and upright public official.
The position of commissioner of pardons is one of exacting responsibility. Ability and judgment of a high order are required to deal with its perplexing