N&O: More high pay at DHHS, adviser got $ 228,000 for 8 months of work

There’s more scrutiny today over high pay that some members of state Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos’ executive team are receiving, with this News & wosmugshotObserver article about a lucrative contract a well-connected adviser to Wos landed.

As the N&O’s Lynn Bonner reported, adviser Joe Hauck has received $228,000 for eight months of work, as part of a personal services contract he had to advise Wos. That works out to $28,500 a month.

Hauck is a senior adviser to Wos, and is on a leave of absence from New Breed, Inc., a High Point-based logistics company run by Wos’ husband, Louis DeJoy.

His contract is capped at a total pay of $310,000 and is set to expire at the end of the November.

From Bonner’s story:

Hauck came to DHHS from New Breed Logistics, where Wos’ husband is CEO. Hauck is vice president of marketing and communications, and is on leave from the company. Wos was a campaign fundraiser for Gov. Pat McCrory, and New Breed employees were prime contributors. Hauck gave $6,500 to McCrory’s campaign in 2011 and 2012.

[DHHS communications director] Diaz said in an email that Hauck “is an accomplished leader with 35 years of executive management experience across the entire spectrum of business operations and communications disciplines. He provides solid business insight with the ability to ascertain and analyze organizational requirements, forecast goals, streamline operations, and execute new program concepts.”

Diaz wrote that Hauck came up with a plan to save $5 million “without reductions in services rendered,” but did not specify the plan or the services.

Kim Genardo, McCrory’s spokeswoman, said Hauck “provides a helluva lot of good service.”

In an email, Genardo said no one in McCrory’s office approved the contract. “DHHS followed all policy and procedure as it relates to Joe Hauck’s personal service contract,” she wrote.

“Everyone was well aware” that Hauck worked at New Breed Logistics, Genardo added. She described the relationship as “very transparent.”

You can read the entire News & Observer article here.

Diaz, who was quoted in the N&O article,   is one of the two 24-year-olds hired by Wos to serve in senior-level DHHS positions at salaries of $85,000 and $87,500. Both Diaz and Wos’ chief policy adviser Matt McKillip received $20,000-plus raises in April, after McCrory had issued a directive to state agency leaders to freeze salaries of state employees.


  1. gregflynn

    September 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Aldona Wos apparently declined a $128,000 salary as DHHS Secretary for a $1 payment. But the cost to NC taxpayers is really $310,001. That’s $1 to Wos and $310,000 to Joe Hauck for doing her job.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    September 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    You guys are a day late and dollar short. This kind of thing has been going on since…well…politicians have existed. What with Mary Sleazly and the linked story on NCDOJ doing the same thing, well it is just the department that changes. I hope to see similar stories if a democrat ever makes it back to the gov office….but I actaully expect crickets chirping or Sarah to go out to cover human interest stories or wahtever “journalists” do when they are ignoring their buddies.


  3. Sarah Ovaska

    September 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Doug (LayintheSmakDown), I’ll sidestep the personal jabs taken at me, but you bring up a good point about the various controversies under Democratic Gov. Mike Easley’s administration. You’re right — there’s nothing new about connected people getting really well-paying jobs in state (or federal) administrations. But, I think most would agree that it’s still worth the state’s media reporting on for the general public to know about.

    For readers that might not be familiar, or remember, Mary Easley (governor’s wife) got a very plum job over at N.C. State which included a $170,000-a year contract to bring in speakers for the school. There’s more information here about what happened: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/30/2517289/mary-easleys-pension-soars-with.html.

  4. emd

    September 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    ummm, didn’t the Dems get voted out because of shenanigans? It’s hardly a persuasive argument to say “They did it, too” as the deflection for righteous criticism of the current crop of miscreants. That’s what 6 year olds say.

  5. gregflynn

    September 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Doug, you’re a few years late. NC Policy Watch and others, including myself, have been uncovering this kind of stuff since before the GOP came to power.

  6. wncgirl

    September 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    .. with McCrory and Tillis there is no limit to the amount of $ their supporters, enablers and entertainers receive from NCs taxpayers… smack that doug

  7. LayintheSmakDown

    September 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    links please….specifically ones where “you” uncovered and commented that democrat cronyism is a bad thing.

  8. Alan

    September 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm


    Just to clarify one point “if a democrat ever makes it back to the gov office”, is all but guaranteed, thanks in NO SMALL PART to the extremist policies pursued by the state GOP (you know, the policies that weren’t part of the campaign). The Republicans I predict will be decimated in upcoming elections, and they will only have themselves to blame.

    The only way the GOP can avoid that will be for them to implement state wide voter suppression & intimidation. Oh wait….

  9. gregflynn

    September 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

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