While reading this article, about a six page letter from the Legislative Black Caucus to NCDHHS Sec. Wos, demanding answers for the department's many public missteps of late, a couple of things jumped out at me.
For the first time in weeks, DHHS Spokesperson Ricky Diaz talked to ABC11 on camera. Diaz got one of those raises -- more than $20,000. We asked him about that and other complaints lodged against the department.
Jon Camp: How do you justify some of those salary increases including your own?
"The secretary, when she walked into the department, walked into a leadership team which was vacant," said Diaz.
Wow, what a great non-answer Ricky. Is that what you call communicating? Giving the same pat answer every sleazy pol in the last fifty years has used to excuse their own leadership failings? Blame the predecessor! I see now why you were chosen to be Aldona's number one
Then there was this little jewel:
As for the problems with specific programs, Diaz said they are working on them -- noting that many of them they were inherited from previous administrations.
"It is a number one priority for the department to make sure folks are getting their benefits on time and to make sure that providers are getting paid," said Diaz.
A number one priority??? Tell us Ricky, how many "number one" priorities does the department have these days, and please clarify what the order of these "number one" priorities is? Unless things have changed drastically since I finished high school, well before Diaz was born, they can't all be number one, can they?
I know, I'm splitting hairs, but dammit, if this boy deserves upward of $80,000 per year to be a chief communications specialist for any department in my state government, at a time when school teachers can't get raises and are expected to fund their classrooms, in part, from their own meager salaries, I believe we all have an obligation to hold this person to a much higher standard than we expect from the average Facebook post.