“This story is overblown and is not serving either AP members or readers or state employees well. Every personnel law and policy was adhered to in the hiring of Diaz and McKillip. State government has nearly 90,000 employees and the press has singled out two workers. Keep in mind, no one has quibbled with their performance, work ethic and dedication to their department and the state of North Carolina," said communications director Kim Genardo.
But the state department of Health and Human Services has not been able to provide any evidence that the jobs were ever posted or that any other applicants were considered.
The two positions are exempted from the hiring rules and procedures governing most state jobs, including that they be publicly advertised.
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