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Ex-GOP staffer hired as DHHS branding director

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has hired a former Republican campaign staffer and lobbyist as the agency's new director of brands and marketing.

Aaron Mullins began work Sept. 5. He will be paid an annual salary of $68,000.

Mullins previously worked on the Capitol Hill staffs of then-GOP Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Don Nickles before joining Fetzer Stevens, a political consulting firm led by former North Carolina Republican Party chairman Tom Fetzer. Mullins was registered as a federal lobbyist as recently as last year.

Agency spokeswoman Julie Henry would not release the written description for Mullins' new job, which is exempted from state personnel requirements. She said Mullins' duties will include improving the agency's website and expanding its use of social media.

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