Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that he had no input into the hiring of Dianna Lightfoot as the state's new pre-kindergarten chief.
Lightfoot's appointment was announced last week by Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos. She was to lead NC Pre-K and other child care programs.
But Lightfoot decided not to take the job after reports surfaced that she had founded and run a nonprofit that advocated against public pre-kindergarten programs. Controversial social media posts and erratic behavior also came to light.
McCrory said that Wos was responsible for hiring Lightfoot, adding, "Mistakes were made."
Wos has not yet responded to questions about her vetting process for job candidates.