AP: DHHS jobs for McCrory campaign staff never posted

The fallout over revelations that two 24-year-old McCrory campaign staffers landed $85,000 and $87,500 gigs at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is continuing.

The Associated Press’ Michael Biesecker reported today that openings for the jobs now held by Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz were never posted despite McCrory’s statements that the two young staffers were selected over older job candidates.

From the AP story:

Gov. Pat McCrory says a pair of 24-year-old campaign staffers landed senior-level jobs in his administration because they were the most qualified applicants, beating out older candidates.

But the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, where Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz got big promotions and raises after only a few weeks of government service, has been unable to provide any evidence their positions were ever advertised or that other applicants were considered.

In response to a public records request from The Associated Press, the state agency indicated there were no job postings or written skill requirements for the high-paying positions awarded to the young Republicans.

McKillip, the chief policy adviser to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos, is paid an annual salary of $87,500. Diaz makes $85,000 a year as the communications director for the massive state agency, which has about 10,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $18 billion.

The two positions are exempted from the hiring rules and procedures governing most state jobs.

The governor’s office, DHHS and the Office of State Personnel have all refused to comment about the process through which McKillip and Diaz were hired in January and then promoted in early April. Emails sent with written questions received no response.

You can read more here.

Shortly after N.C. Policy Watch first broke the news about the high salaries, McCrory told Raleigh television station WNCN that, “They got promotions. They were actually moved over to areas that frankly a lot of older people applied for, too. But frankly, these two young people are very well qualified and they are being paid for jobs at which that’s the pay rate for that job.”

In the AP article, Biesecker noted that neither McKillip nor Diaz  “meet the academic or experience requirements to qualify for even entry-level positions in the areas they now oversee.”

Gov. McCrory on election night. Ricky Diaz is over his right shoulder, Matt McKillip is to far right of photo with blue lanyard. Source: Charlotte Observer photo donated to N.C. State Archives

Gov. McCrory on election night. Ricky Diaz is over his right shoulder, Matt McKillip is to far right of photo with blue lanyard. Source: Charlotte Observer photo donated to N.C. State Archives



  1. Alan

    August 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Cronyism at it’s worst, but did we seriously expect anything different?

  2. Gene Hoglan

    August 28, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    It’s too complex for y’all to understand. See, none of you have economics degrees, so you can’t comprehend how to run government like a business.

  3. HunterC

    August 28, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    No written skill requirements?!

    For the love of money, they didn’t at least make something up and write it down?

    We’ve got DHHS memos on email font, signatures, and letter format… but no position descriptions for these two?


  4. Frances Jenkins

    August 28, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Find a real issue to write about and stop hating Republicans so badly. Democrats wrote the book on corruption in employment and you never opened your mouth. I know Bluepoint/Blueprint is so proud of you.

  5. david esmay

    August 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    No Frances, the GOPers did, it’s called the RSLC’s REDMAP.

  6. Lynn

    August 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    And one of these new hires is Director of Health Policy and so will have a voice in dismantling the country’s oldest and most prestigious dental public health programs directly impacting the oral health of tens of thousands of North Carolina’s school children and the careers of dental professionals who DO have decades of experience in dental public health, but sadly weren’t involved in the campaign.

  7. Mark Stapleton

    August 28, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Not a minority face in the whole herd.

  8. Alan

    August 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

    And the Grand Wizard of NC is front and center!

  9. Alan

    August 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm


    It’s part of the “new” GOP outreach program. There were literally thousands of minorities there, just that they were all behind the camera…

  10. Dean Pitman

    August 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    McCrory lied for 16 years as Mayor of Charlotte. Did the folks who voted for him think he would stop overnight?

  11. Frances Jenkins

    August 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    When you stop the corruption that has been in place for the last 100 plus years under the Democrats, you are going to hear the screaming and pulling of teeth like Bluepoint is doing. All of these organization are deemed to restore power for the Democrats at any cost and the truth be damned.

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