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Mike Charbonneau latest person to leave Wake County schools to work at DOT

The revolving door from the Wake County school system to the state Department of Transportation continues.

Mike Charbonneau, currently Wake's director of public affairs, will be leaving to become director of communications at DOT. The school system has hired Renee McCoy, a former WRAL news anchor and more recently chief spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Resources, to replace Charbonneau.

Greer Beaty will remain in a communications role at DOT.

Charbonneau is one of a growing number of Wake school employees who are rejoining Tony Tata, the former Wake superintendent and now state Transportation Secretary.

At tonight's school board meeting, interim Wake Superintendent Stephen Gainey publicly thanked Charbonneau and Cris Mulder for their service to the district.

Last month, Tata announced he was hiring Mulder to oversee communications as deputy transportation secretary for internal and external affairs. As Wake's chief of family and community engagement, Mulder had hired Charbonneau, a former WRAL reporter.

Tata also brought with him Ashley Goolsby, who had been his executive assistant as superintendent, to be his special assistant at DOT.

Tata hired Randy Dishong, the school district's emergency preparedness director, to be deputy commissioner at the state Division of Motor Vehicles. The word is that Tata has also hired Ann Dishong, Randy Dishong's wife and the district's director of the Office of Innovation.

Ann Dishong had worked with Tata on efforts such as getting the leadership academies open.

Others are expected to leave Wake for DOT.


Ann Dishong is interim director of the DOT governance office. This makes at least five former Wake school employees who've joined Tata at DOT.

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