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Durham County manager to retire

Posted July 29, 2013

— Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin plans to retire next year more than 13 years on the job.

Ruffin cited family reasons in a letter he sent to members of the Board of Commissioners on Monday. His last day on the job will be Jan. 31.

"I have aging in-laws who have been wonderful to my wife and me over the 21 years of our marriage," he wrote. "It's time for us to return the favor and help take care of them. This will require my relocation to the Charlotte area."

He thanked the board and current and former county employees for their work and said he's proud to leave Durham County in "the best financial condition it has ever experienced."

Ruffin's tenure hasn't been without controversy. In 2004, the Board of Commissioners voted to fire him, but a few months later, after a new board was voted in, he was rehired.

He is the third county manager to announce his departure this summer. Wake and Orange counties are also searching for new managers.


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  • lb27608 Jul 30, 2013

    foolmeonce and bizarro - Mike Ruffin is the County (not City) Manager. He has no control over DPD or City Council policies.

    Also, you should check the crime stats. Crime has *declined* steadily in Durham over the past decade. Perhaps it's worse than when you grew up, but it's not even close to how is was around 1999/2000.

  • icdmbpppl Jul 30, 2013

    bizarro--the city manager has nothing to do with Durham's crime rate. You should look at the policies of the Durham Police Dept. and City Council. Durham is a "sanctuary city", and I think that has resulted in an increase in gang violence--local gangs and illegal immigrant gangs. I grew up in Durham, and the increase in crime is shocking. There are no safe places in Durham anymore--from the ATB, Duke Gardens, and apartment complexes around the Duke campus, residents are being robbed at gun-point.

  • bizarro Jul 30, 2013

    Crime has gotten out of hand... hope the next person has a plan to do something about it.