When a new leader comes into a new job, she has every right to shape her management team to reflect her personal convictions. But what happens when those convictions undermine public trust and confidence, especially in government service? That's what is happening in the Department of Health and Human Services, as the Greenvile Reflector accurately points out:
- In May, Wos blamed Democratic Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin — rather than votes by the Republican-led House and Senate, and McCrory’s signature — for the decision blocking Medicaid expansion to 500,000 residents.
- In July, Dr. Laura Gerald, state health director and director of the Division of Public Health, resigned her post, citing differences with Wos’ leadership.
- This month, Wos fired Dr. Rebecca King, head of oral health at DHHS, ending her 35-year career with the state. King claims her termination was because she declined to help identify state dental hygienists who may have used vacation time to protest budget cuts to public health.
- The two McCrory campaign staffers who received promotions and generous salary increases in April work at DHHS.
- And it was recently revealed that an employee of Wos’ husband, Joe Hauck, has collected more than $228,000 in eight months as a DHHS contractor, making him one of the highest paid in the state.
Queen Aldona had no business stepping into this complex role in the first place, but McCrory had to pay her back for all the money she raised for him. And since he didn't really care about health anyway, why not slot her into a job where she'd oversee an $18 billion budget and more than 17,000 employees? Who cares if it fails? Who cares if a few political hacks are getting rich while important public services are being cut?
The Greenville paper says the Queen is on thin ice and must be watched carefully. I say she's already proven she has neither the temperament, the skills, nor the judgement to lead.