The Wake County Board of Commissioners appointed David Ellis as Interim County Manager, effective October 28, 2017.

Ellis was selected as Deputy County Manager in February 2015. He most recently served as Assistant City Manager in Charlottesville, Virginia. He brings more than 20 years of local government experience.

He served as Assistant City Manager in Charlottesville for three years. In Fairfax County he served as assistant to the County Executive for nine years. In Fairfax, David managed the Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Department of Code Compliance. He also established a regional system of human services as the Assistant Director of Human Services.

Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University and received the designation of credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). In 2017, David successfully completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.

Ellis oversees the Community Services Department, Environmental Services Department, Human Services Department, Cooperative Extension, Capital Area Workforce Development, and Soil and Water Conservation.