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 &  Observer 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.