State makes several new high-salary hires
Several administrators in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are being paid more than the previous person in the job.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/17azWWK ) that the agency has also created several new high-salary positions since Gov. Pat McCrory took office in January.
Joe Cooper was hired to be the agency's information technology chief. He is making $175,000, about $20,000 more than the information technology chief for all of state government.
Medicaid director Carol Steckel is making $210,000 a year, though the state's new salary plan caps pay for that job at $136,900. She is making $48,000 more than her predecessor.
Agency spokesman Ricky Diaz says the new employees could make much more in private business.
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