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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Governor Pat McCrory has come under fire for staffing choices he’s made in the last several weeks.

Last month the Governor promoted two men, in their twenties, who served as aides during his campaign to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Matt McKillip was hired as the Chief Police Officer at the Department and is earning $87,500 a year. Ricky Diaz serves as the Department’s Communication Director and makes $85,000 a year.

Some argue their age and experience do not justify their salaries, but McCrory said these men are extremely qualified for the positions they filled.

“If a 25-year-old does a better job and has better knowledge, and maturity and yes, even experience than a 35-year-old or a 50-year-old, I’m sorry the younger person get the job. I am not going to discriminate based upon age. There are some young people with great talent,” he said.

The Governor said these are only two jobs out of the 60,000 jobs in state government.

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6 Comments on "Governor defends staffing choices"

2015 years 10 months ago

McCrory looks ridiculous standing up there next to true public servants like teachers and police officers that McCrory just robbed in so many ways. If he is serious about making schools safe, why does he and his cronies withhold pay and resources for public education?

2015 years 10 months ago

It is interesting to see how people have come out attacking the new governor. Yes, he has made some tough and unpopular decisions lately. He has also put staff in place that many feel is improper. My question is: Why is this an issue now? It wasn’t an issue when a democratic governor did it…as long as they were still funding the teachers at the rate they felt they deserved.

Right now, our state budget is screwed. Trying to give people a bunch of raises that we can ill afford is cutting our noses off. The few people the governor placed on his staff would not have funded raises for very many teachers or cops throughout the state.

One has to ask…what is really at the center of the fight here? Is it a gripe over teacher pay or griping about a republican being in control and not feeding every special interest out there?

2015 years 10 months ago

He will probably hire Berger at an enormous pay rate, if we’re lucky, or maybe not so lucky! He would fit right in with Goolesby and Catlin!

2015 years 10 months ago

Those two jobs could have given us other state employees a nice raise. We have not had a pay increase in 6 or 7 years, but he hires two guys making over 160k combined.

Tired of it Citizen
2015 years 10 months ago

I hope you’re kidding

2015 years 10 months ago

It is about him doing exactly what Democrats were doing. He campaigned against this nonsense and within 6 months of office appoints people to high profile jobs. I will never believe there was not state employees already there who deserved the promotions. As a retired State Employee promotions are supposed to be merit based and this was not the practice. I supported McCory but he has shown nothing but same ole. Even his own party over rode his veto on drug testing for welfare which I support. This will be his only term and he did it to himself!


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