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Questions arise about UofL hire

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Questions are being posed about the University of Louisville's decision to hire a former state Democratic Party chairman into a newly created position where he makes $220,000.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/MsQvBj) reports Jerry Johnson, who doesn't hold a college degree, was hired May 1 as chief of staff to David Dunn, the executive vice president for health affairs.

Former U of L trustee Bill Stone said the hire doesn't look good. State Rep. Tom Burch, D-Louisville, who is chairman of the state House Health and & Welfare Committee, suggested the hiring was "political."

Dunn and Johnson declined to be interviewed, but Dunn spokesman Gary Mans said in a statement that Johnson was the most qualified candidate for the job. He noted among other things that Johnson spent several years as chief operating officer at Pikeville Medical Center.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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