Database: Exempt employees
Posted August 26, 2013
Updated March 3, 2014
Like all state employees, the almost 1,300 state workers designated exempt are paid with taxpayer dollars. Their names, titles and salaries are available in the public record.
WRAL's database of exempt employees includes name, salary, department job title and more. Blank entries may denote positions not matched with current employees or positions that are currently vacant.
Gov. Pat McCrory designated these positions in two waves following the General Assembly's legislative changes to the State Personnel Act in 2012 and 2013. In memos to lawmakers and state human resources officials July 1 and Oct. 1, McCrory exempted a total of about 1,300 state government positions across 11 cabinet departments. That's under his legislative cap of 1,500, but about 1,000 more than his predecessor.
WRAL matched those positions with the state's public employee information database, allowing readers to explore who made the governor's list. This list provides a snapshot of the 1,500 positions the governor is legally allowed by the State Personnel Act to designate as exempt within his cabinet departments. Per state law, the governor may redesignate exempt positions at any time, but doesn't need to update legislative leaders on these changes for another 180 days.
Data is current as of Oct. 1, 2013 – the date of McCrory's most recent exemption letter.