A lobbyist and filmmaker who made an election-night video for Gov. Pat McCrory is the new brand and marketing manager at the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Aaron Mullins, 38, started the job Sept. 4. He makes $68,000 a year.
Mullins was a legislative aide to former U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Don Nickles of Oklahoma, who was the second-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate from 1996-2003. Mullins worked for the lobbying firm Fetzer Stephens in 2006, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and started his own firm, Mullins Federal Relations, the following year.
Mullins is one of several new staff members at state agencies with political connections. Ricky Diaz, who worked on McCrorys campaign, is a spokesman at DHHS making $85,000. Heather Jeffreys, finance director for McCrorys campaign, has a communications job at the N.C. Department of Transportation making $58,879.
The posting for the job says DHHS was looking for someone to be the lead strategist of marketing and communications, to supervise a staff of four to six people, and work to achieve a unified brand and devise ways to positively communicate the departments services to various audiences.
DHHS spokeswoman Julie Henry said Mullins will work to improve the agencys website and expand the departments use of video and social media to inform residents about its programs.
Aaron is an excellent addition to our team, and were glad to have him help us take on these challenges, she said in a statement.
A graduate of Liberty University in Virginia, Mullins attended a film program in Washington, D.C., and received a certificate in digital film production in 2011. With a classmate, Mullins started Rubacam Media, a company DHHS described as a creative group specializing in branding, entertainment and video production.
McCrorys election night video is on the Rubacam page of a video sharing site. McCrorys campaign reported paying Mullins $7,000 for it.
Rubacam also worked on a Web series called Hard Fix, which Mullins described in a 2011 Q&A with his film program as a political thriller/action story about an Irish pub owner in Capitol Hill who, through a series of events, is hired by the citys political power elites to sweep their dirty laundry under the rug.