When Gov. Pat McCrory tapped Dr. Aldona Wos to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services in his administration, he praised her capability by saying, “She can do anything she wants.” It now appears that his comments apply to more than her diverse career experience, which includes her background as a physician and U.S. ambassador to Estonia from 2004-06.
While it would be generous to label as uneven her nine months at the helm of the largest public agency in the state, it would also be unfair to cast a final judgment on her aptitude for the critical post she holds. Clear, however, is that administration of that department has thus far fallen short of expectations, and North Carolina needs better from the governor’s choice of leaders.
North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services employs 17,000 people and operates on an $18 billion budget. More than 1 million North Carolina residents rely on DHHS for a wide range services that include Medicaid, mental health and public health.
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