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Editor to McCrory: Hire a grown-up next time

Ricky DiazRaleigh’s News & Observer features an on-the-money essay this morning by Fayetteville Observer editorial page editor Tim White on the departure of state DHHS spokesperson Ricky Diaz (pictured at left in a photo from a DHHS newsletter). The central message: Let’s hope Pat McCrory and his team learned something from Diaz’ short but tumultuous stay. Here’s White:

“McCrory has repeatedly insisted Diaz was worth every penny, that he’s one of the smartest, most capable people the governor has ever come across and that he was completely qualified for the job.

The kindest spin is that the governor is remarkably naive. A young man at 24, no matter how brilliant, still doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. He still hasn’t had the experience to understand all the consequences of his own decisions, let alone those of the people running the state’s largest bureaucracy. When I was 24, I was learning the fundamentals of my business. I was two years out of college; five years out of being a teenager. I wasn’t any more ready for a top leadership position than Diaz was….

His boss, Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos (who is old enough to know what she doesn’t know but took a job in which she had little experience anyway), said, ‘His work will leave a lasting impression on the department.’ She must be a student of irony.Diaz is off to a new job in Washington, working for a company that does communications strategy work for Republican candidates. ‘It was an opportunity that presented itself and one that I can’t pass up,’ he said.

That leaves an opportunity that McCrory and Wos shouldn’t pass up: Replace Diaz with someone who has lived long enough, and worked in the business long enough, to be qualified for the job.

And if they can do that, maybe they can repeat the process. Often.

Read White’s entire essay by clicking here.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Mark

    January 16, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I have to object to the linking of age with ability. People both young and old are in jobs that they are ill-prepared for. I’ve known 50 year olds who have accepted management positions and have tanked horribly. I was a manager in a large organization at 22 and was very successful, and know others with similar stories. I think it’s a dangerous accusation to make that an older person would have done this job better.

  2. ML

    January 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I believe it is the lack of experience that correlates with is youth. The premise wasn’t that anyone older would have done a better job. Diaz was totally and utterly out of his depth and it was obvious, so don’t spin what the editorial is suggesting by Saying it is dangerous to assume an older person would have done a better job. The suggestion is a grown up would have been a better choice, which infers experience and attitude that is needed to handle adult situations. So no we don’t necessarily need the 80 yr old civil servant with 60 yrs experience, just a grown up capable of handling his duties. Someone who won’t jump sho after a year spent toiling with talking points a spin but an advocate who will bring truth and transparency to the department something he clearly never had his mind set to do.

  3. ML

    January 16, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    But congrats on being the exception but it’s also safe to assume many 42yr olds and 32 yr olds or 62 yr olds could have done your job too and been successfull had they been grown ups about their position and taken it seriously. Not simply placed there while waiting for their daddy to hire him in Washington. Clearly he was never serious or dedicated to the department as you or I may have been as a 22 yr old in order to succeed.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    January 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Funny hysterical article. There was no indication of “tumult” with this guy other than the liberals being discriminatory about him being young. Now if he had been young, democrat, and black (or hispanic, female, gay, or any of the other “chosen” groups) then there would have been no attention paid to some random dude in the government….kinda like how the past 150+ years rolled.