Embattled North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos approved a $37,227 lump sum payment to her chief of staff, a former lobbyist who departed after working only one month on the job.
The taxpayer-funded payment to Thomas L. Adams first became public Friday following the release of a July 29 letter signed by Wos and state budget director Art Pope. The payment to Adams was first reported by NC Policy Watch, a left-leaning policy organization.
Adams was hired March 1 and departed his $155,000-a-year job on April 2. Records show the additional payment made on top of his salary was to settle any potential claims he might have against the state agency.
Records show Adams registered as a paid lobbyist at the start of the 2013 legislative session.