What next? Dome asks.
Benjamin Niolet, who has been your Domemeister since 2009, is leaving The News & Observer to become director of new media in the office of Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue.
Niolet, (pronounced VI-o-let with an "n"), a New Orleans native with a razor sharp wit, will move Sept. 30 to his new digs under the state capitol dome. Niolet will make $60,000 a year in the job, said Perdue spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson.
Justin Guillory, an assistant press secretary who had inherited the new media duties, will move to a job in the Department of Commerce, Pearson said.
Niolet, who has excelled at the N&O for seven years, will join former Domer and Charlotte Observer reporter Mark Johnson in the governor's office. Johnson became deputy communications director for Perdue in June.
We can't help but wonder whether the governor is executing a hostile takeover of Dome.
But we guarantee, governor, no matter how depleted our staffing, we will never publish this press release: "First Gentleman Encourages Families to Eat Dinner Together on Family Day."
Those of us still at Dome look forward to Mr. Niolet's creative use of the Internets. We wish him the best.
UPDATE: Pearson said Guillory's move was not part of a reorganization, but his departure for the Commerce job allowed her to reorganize roles in the office.