Julian Walker for The Virginian-Pilot 4 months ago

Retired admiral seen as McAuliffe veterans affairs pick

RICHMOND -- Retired Adm. John C. Harvey Jr. is expected to be introduced as Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's pick for secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security this morning in Northern Virginia, according to those familiar with the selection.

Harvey served as four-star head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, spending three years as the top-ranked naval officer in Hampton Roads before retiring in fall of 2012.

McAuliffe's staff on Thursday gave notice of today's event at the Military Officers Association of American offices in Alexandria and specified the position to be filled, but did not reveal the nominee.

The anticipated Harvey nomination is the latest in a flurry of Cabinet selections by the incoming Democratic governor, who already this week has announced three of his choices. Including Harvey, four of McAuliffe's 10 nominees so far have Hampton Roads-area connections. Virginia has 12 Cabinet secretaries; nominees to those posts require General Assembly confirmation.

Harvey has had a seemingly full plate since retiring after 39 years in the Navy. He's been a visiting lecturer in the executive education program of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. And Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell last spring chose him to lead a state commission charged with protecting current Virginia military installations and finding ways to attract others.

Pilot writer Mike Hixenbaugh contributed to this report.

Julian Walker, 804-697-1564, julian.walker@pilotonline.com ___

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