The Wake County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Monday, November 18, 2013, named Joe Durham interim County manager. Durham was hired as a deputy County manager in 2001 and began serving in his new capacity on Sunday, December 1, 2013, following County Manager David Cooke's retirement on Saturday, November 30, 2013.
Commissioners are in the process of searching for a new County manager and expect to make an appointment early next year.
"Joe has a wealth of knowledge about Wake County and the inner workings of our departments," said Wake County Board of Commissioners' Chair Joe Bryan. "He has been an excellent deputy, and we are confident that he will serve our community well as the interim County manager."
"David has assembled a great team," said Durham. "As interim County manager, my role will be to continue his emphasis on great customer service, planning for the long term, and seeking out partnerships to solve community problems."
Durham has served as deputy County manager since 2001. As one of two deputy County managers, he oversees external departments including Environmental Services, Community Services, Human Services and Workforce Development, as well as the public safety-related departments and divisions of Emergency Medical Services, Fire/Rescue, Emergency Management, and the City-County Bureau of Identification.
His previous experience includes eight years as county manager of Edgecombe County. He has also worked for the City of Rocky Mount, The Wooten Company in Raleigh, the N.C. Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, City of Sanford, and Richmond County. He is a graduate of East Carolina University. He has also pursued graduate studies at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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