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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- State Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell is retiring from his post, capping more than three decades of work on disaster prevention, response and recovery.

The Department of Public Safety announced Hoell's retirement Thursday, a day before it takes effect.

Hoell was appointed as director in July 2005. He led the state's efforts to identify potential natural and man-made hazards and risks, limit damage and coordinate staff and resources to support local response.

Department of Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan said deputy director Mike Sprayberry will serve as acting director until a permanent replacement is found. Sprayberry was also appointed to his post in 2005.

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