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Susan Pullium latest person to leave Wake County schools to work at DOT

Susan Pullium, one of the senior staffers in the Wake Count school system's student assignment office, has become at least the seventh person from the school district hired by the state Department of Transportation.

State Transportation Secretary Tony Tata announced today that Pullium will be the DOT's director of strategic planning. Pulliam will oversee the Transportation Planning Branch and Performance Metrics Management Office as she works on developing a 25-year transportation infrastructure plan.

“Susan has overseen large-scale planning and community engagement efforts and understands the importance of collaboration,” said Tata, the former Wake school superintendent, in the press release. “She is a talented, innovative individual who will be a tremendous asset as we work with our business and community partners to develop a long-range transportation plan that boosts North Carolina’s economy.”

Wake County school system's Internal Audit director leaving for DOT position

Make it six, and counting, Wake County school employees who've resigned to work for former Superintendent Tony Tata at the state Department of Transportation.

Among the list of DOT appointments announced Wednesday was that Mary Morton would be the department's inspector general. Morton is leaving her post as senior director in charge of the school system's Internal Audit Department.

Tata, the Transportation Secretary, has hired away five Wake school employees to hold key leadership roles at DOT. He also brought also his former assistant in Wake, Ashley Goolsby, to be his special assistant.

Cris Mulder is deputy secretary for internal and external affairs. Mike Charbonneau is director of communications. Randy Dishong is Deputy DMV Commissioner. Ann Dishong is director of the Governance Office.

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