by Sam Hieb
Rhino write-up on new Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services director Joe Raymond. Note Commissioner Ray Trapp’s initial reaction:
“When I found out, I was like, OK, here we go – another white guy,” said Trapp, who was openly in favor of naming Merle Green, who heads up the county’s public health services and who will now work for Raymond.
“But I looked at the resume and you can’t argue with that,” Trapp said. “Ivy League – Guilford College-educated with a degree from Harvard.”
Even more impressive than Raymond’s education is his handling of Forsyth County’s Medicaid backlog, as related by County Manager Dudley Watts:
Watts said that, when there were problems recently on the horizon in Forsyth County that were going to lead to a big Medicaid applications backlog, Raymond came to him and laid it all out in the open, telling Watts, “This is coming down the pipeline and it’s going to be ugly and it’s going to be written about in the media.”
That’s a stark contrast to how the Guilford County DSS handled the problem of its backlog earlier this year.
Stark contrast indeed, where no one seemed to know the number of backlogged food stamp application in Guilford County.