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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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