Editorial: Wos Wasting Taxpayer Money, Should Be Fired

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It seems like every week there is a new editorial board calling for DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos to be fired. This week it's the Henderson Dispatch, which details the gross mismanagement as DHHS, with over $7 million spent on outside consultants in the last month. One particular consultant is billing at $800,000 a year. The same job at DHHS would only pay $185,000. From their article,

Gov. Pat McCrory needs to take a lesson from East Carolina University’s football team. No, not on how to hang 70; rather, on how to recognize a problem and go about fixing it.

The Pirates were leaking points for three seasons. The 2012 team had 48, 56 and 43 hung on it in losses and even won a game giving up 59. The 2011 team allowed 56 twice and 48 in losses; the 2010 squad was hammered for 76, 42, 62, 45 and 61 in its last five games — and still won one of them.

In 2013, ECU got a new defensive coordinator. They’ve won 13 of 17 since, yielding 40 points only twice.

In McCrory’s administration, the Department of Health and Human Services is leaking our tax dollars. Or more accurately, pouring them out.

According to reports in the Winston-Salem Journal and the News & Observer, Aldona Wos’ department has spent more than $7.2 million on consultants in the last 20 months. One consultant’s pay rate works out to $800,000 a year, according to state Sen. Floyd McKissick.

In a legislative oversight committee meeting, DHHS confirmed that someone in the agency would be paid $185,000 annually if doing the same job.

Do the math.

Wos’ department isn’t having a one-time issue. It has been a train wreck from the beginning.

She’s made bad hires that cost taxpayers in payouts against potential claims, put personnel in positions for which they are not prepared and awarded quarter-million dollar consulting work to her husband’s firm.


  1. Betty S Bruton's avatar
    Betty S Bruton
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    McCrory will never ask her to leave as he would see that as admitting to making a mistake in hiring her. He will never admit to that.
  2. Mary Bushnell's avatar
    Mary Bushnell
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    Better late than never!! Let her go and stop the bleeding!
  3. Mary Ann Ferrin's avatar
    Mary Ann Ferrin
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    Time to fire the governor and all his cronies.
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