As Chief Community Vitality Officer, Derwick Paige leads the county’s social and economic vitality strategy and services. In this new role, Paige oversees the Environmental Services and Human Services departments, as well as our new Department of Housing Affordability and Community Revitalization. He also leads the quasi-county agencies of Soil and Water, Cooperative Extension and Workforce Development.

In addition, Paige works to advance the Board of Commissioners’ goals and initiatives related to:
  • Social and Economic Vitality;
  • Community Health; and
  • Growth and Sustainability.
Paige joined Wake County as its first Chief Community Vitality Officer in January 2019. He brings to this new role more than 30 years of practical leadership experience and a demonstrated passion for public service. He began his career as a police officer in Winston-Salem and has since served the people of that city in a variety of public management roles. In his prior role as deputy city manager, Paige took a collaborative, innovative approach to addressing social and economic vitality issues similar to those we face here in Wake County.

Paige graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Justice and Political Science and then earned a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Greensboro.