Thursday, September 12, 2013 2:21 PM
There is a long thread in the Forum section of this blog (link in left hand margin on home page to Forums) on Republican responses to McCrory administation hiring, mostly non-supportive.
After mediocre or worse DHHS Secretaries in the Easley and Purdue administrations, Wos fits the mold. She seems to lack policy insight, political savvy, and administrative ability. When has DHHS, or any other department, had to hire a $144,000/year chief of staff or a $288,000 (so far for 9 months) consultant on senior staffing? These positions do not normally exist at all.
Many of us remember the two secretaries of this department who served under GOP governors Martin and Holshouser, Phil Kirk and Dave Flaherty. Flaherty served most of the Holshouser administration until he resigned to run for governor, when he was succeeded by Kirk. Kirk served early in the Martin adminstration, until he resigned to become Martin's chief of staff, when he was succeeded by Flaherty for the rest of the Martin administration.
Both Flaherty and Kirk ran effective departments, not the circus that Wos does. They did not need chiefs of staff or contracted staffing consultants, but they put together smart, savvy, knowledgable, effective senior staffs who got the job done, consistent with Republican policy. In the Martin administration, they did so with only two of the three normal top positions. The deputy secretary throughout the Martin administration was Ruby Hooper, a seat warmer who had been given the job by the governor's office because she had been a good sport in her primary race against Martin and afterwards.
Kirk was a former school teacher and state legislator, while Flaherty was a former furniture executive, state legislator, and party chairman. Their backgrounds gave them the savvy, leadership ability, and the attention to detail on policy that Wos seems to lack.
Those who helped them run the department at the next tier also had those same qualities. One example was Nancy Team, subsequently Nancy Temple. She had a high school education and had been the top paid staffer in the Reagan campaign for the state in 1984, was hired as Special Assistant to the Secretary, and then promoted to Assistant Secretary. She left the department to go to the governor's office and ultimately became Chief of Staff there. Another was Betty Machado, subsequently Betty Turner, who had a college degree and had worked at NCGOP headquarters after graduation. She started at Employment Security in the Martin administration, then went to DHHS (then called DHR) as Special Assistant to the Secretary, and was promoted to Assistant Secretary. After she married, she moved to Charlotte and resigned from the department, but from what I hear got a very good private sector job there.
Some of the old Martin hands would bring some stability to DHHS. If I were in the Governor's office I would be trying to locate people like Betty Turner to see if I could lure them back to state government. Another old DHHS Assistant Secretary I would look up would be Keith Clark from Moore County.
Oh, and I would cut off clarence swinney from spamming this board with comments totally unrelated to the subject at hand. His material would fit in the Forums section, but it only clutters this board.