Raleigh, N.C. — Public information about Gov. Pat McCrory's list of newest at-will workers is now available in WRAL News' exempt employee database.
On Oct. 1, McCrory added about 300 positions to his existing list of so-called exempt designations, a move that makes it easier to hire and fire workers by stripping them of civil protections. Although the current tally of 1,300 exempt workers is well under the governor's legislative cap of 1,500, it's more than triple the number under any governor for a quarter-century.
Critics say the increase in exempt positions, made possible by two legislative changes to the State Personnel Act in 2012 and 2013, increases the potential for politicization within cabinet departments responsible for everything from environmental protection to public health policy.
But McCrory has repeatedly said changes to the law are necessary to add flexibility, reward good employees and clear "seat warmers" from the ranks of state government.
Search WRAL's exempt employee database by name, department, position title or age to find salaries, length of service and other publicly available information.