Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley announced during the Commissioners' retreat Friday, February 28, 2014, that he has resigned his position to serve the public in a new capacity. Gurley was first elected to the Board in 2002. On February 28 Governor Pat McCrory announced that Gurley has been named Chief Operating Officer for the Office of State Budget and Management for the State of North Carolina.
In his resignation letter Gurley told Board of Commissioners chair Phil Matthews, "When I decided to run for county commissioner in 2002, there were specific objectives to be accomplished. One was to improve transparency in government. Another was to make sure all tax dollars were wisely spent. The Wake Accountability Tax Check (WATCH) was developed and remains a model for other local governments to achieve these goals.
"The desire to implement other critical goals for Wake County drove me to seek and win reelection in 2006 and 2010, as well as the opportunity to serve as this Board's chair in 2006, 2007 and 2010. There has been a lot of good work done these past twelve years, but the successful passages of major bond initiatives for our public schools in 2006 and 2013 are noteworthy. The success of our open space program and the necessary work of building new libraries, EMS stations, a detention center and a new justice center for our court system are among those achievements that give me particular satisfaction. I am especially proud of our efforts in Human Services and with Mental Health reform."
The Board of Commissioners will fill the vacancy in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes.