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 ( 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.


Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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