The remarkably tin-eared decision of the McCrory administration to bestow giant pay raises on the already-inflated salaries of a couple of recent college grads (a story first reported here by NC Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska on Wednesday) has spurred more media digging.
Michael Biesecker of Associated Press is reporting this morning that HHS staffers Ricky Diaz and Matthew McKillip aren’t the only junior staffers to enjoy salaries that exceed those of some state-employed scientists, lawyers, college professors and, of course, public school teachers. According to Biesecker:
“Crystal Feldman, a 27-year-old former congressional staffer and ex-spokeswoman for the California GOP, is paid $78,000 a year as the director of public affairs at the N.C. Department of Public Safety.
Ryan Minto, 28, who previously worked for Republicans U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, is paid $72,000 annually as the legislative liaison for the N.C. Department of Revenue.Heather Lee Dickson, 29, makes $70,000 a year as the executive assistant to first lady Ann McCrory. She worked as a fundraiser for McCrory’s 2008 gubernatorial campaign before moving to the finance staff of the N.C. Republican Party.
Ryan Tronovitch, a 28-year-old deputy press secretary in McCrory’s office, makes $65,000 a year. He previously worked as a regional press secretary for the Republican National Committee.
Meredith McCullen, 26, who worked as McCrory’s scheduler during his gubernatorial campaign, makes $52,000 a year as an administrative assistant to the governor.”