Lynne Bonner at the N&O does a decent job today chronicling the decline and fall of community mental health under the "leadership" of Carmen Hooker Odom and Mike Easley.
Easley responded to calls for her ouster with public statements of support. He and Hooker Odom emphasized Friday that she has had plans for months to leave for the health-care policy foundation, where she has served as a member of the board.
"Secretary Odom told me in January that she had this extraordinary opportunity to have a nationwide, even global, impact on critical health policies," Easley said in a statement. "I wish her all the best in her new endeavor and I appreciate her effective leadership and hard work during the past six years as head of the Department of Health and Human Services. She has handled one of the most challenging jobs in the state with great skill and compassion for all those the department touches."
So Mr. Mike knew Carmen was leaving back in January. Which means Mr. Mike knew Madame Secretary already had one foot out the door while a completely mismanaged meltdown of community mental health was going on in North Carolina.