Casandra Skinner HoekstraChief Deputy Secretary, Administration

Cassandra Skinner Hoekstra

Casandra Skinner Hoekstra was named chief deputy secretary for the Department of Public Safety on Feb. 20, 2017.  As chief deputy secretary, Hoekstra will oversee DPS Budget and Analysis, Controller's Office, Governor's Crime Commission, Purchasing and Logistics, Information Technology, Victim Services and Legislative Affairs. 

Hoekstra is a trusted advisor with more than 20 years of legal, policy development and government relations experience.  Prior to this appointment, she served as the legislative counsel for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.  Hoekstra has worked with the former Department of Crime Control and Public Safety as chief legal counsel and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts in the capacity of legislative liaison and associate legal counsel. Previously, she served the Office of Governor Michael Easley as the legislative counsel. 

Hoekstra holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a Juris Doctor degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law.