Ricky Diaz is the new communications director for the state Department of Health and Human Services. He was Gov. Pat McCrory's deputy communications director and was press secretary for McCrory's campaign.
Sherry Bradsher, former director of the department's social services division, was promoted to deputy secretary. Bradsher had been acting deputy secretary for long term care and family services since February. She is one of the leaders behind NC FAST, the new software for people using food stamps that is eventually supposed to include other services such as Medicaid, Special Assistance and Child Services.