NC superintendent hires McCrory's former press secretary
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson has hired Graham Wilson as his community outreach coordinator, a new position Johnson created after receiving $700,000 from the General Assembly to staff his office.Posted — Updated
Wilson, who will make about $72,000 in his new role, previously served as press secretary for former Gov. Pat McCrory. He is not the first McCrory staffer Johnson has hired. Lindsey Wakely, who serves as the superintendent's senior policy adviser and chief legal counsel, was McCrory's deputy general counsel.
In his new role, Wilson will assist Johnson with communications and outreach related to the superintendent’s initiatives and provide additional assistance to the state Department of Public Instruction's communications team, according to DPI communications director Drew Elliot.
Johnson has said he plans to hire a chief of staff and a chief innovation officer as well, but it's unclear when he will make those hires. He has declined to say what other positions he may create.
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