According to an article in today's N&O, a homeowners association petitioned for some traffic lights and the NCDOT's engineering consultant said the lights weren't needed. The HOA responded with a detailed report to support their argument that the lights were needed.
The NCDOT chief traffic engineer, a Mr. Lacy, thought the HOA's work was so professional that he filed a complaint with the NC Board of Examiners for Engineers accusing one of the HOA petitioners of practicing without a license...even tho' no one claimed to be an engineer.
You can read the article here.
If the gist of all this is true, Mr. Lacy appears to be one state employee we'd be better off without.