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NCCU administrator named Durham County manager

Posted February 11, 2014

Durham County Manager Wendell Davis

— The Durham Board of County Commissioners has named Wendell M. Davis, vice chancellor for administration and finance at North Carolina Central University, as its new county manager.

Davis, who will start work with the county April 14, succeeds Mike Ruffin, who retired on Jan. 31.

Before joining N.C. Central, he served as Durham County’s deputy manager from October 1999 to May 2011. He also previously worked in county government in Bertie County and in Prince William and Arlington counties in Virginia and Baltimore County in Maryland.

“We are excited to have Wendell return to our organization with his experience and commitment to county government,” Michael Page, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said in a statement. “His vision and passion directed towards building an efficient government will allow us to serve our citizens more effectively.”

Davis has two bachelor's degrees from N.C. Central, a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Illinois and a master's in business administration in management from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

“I am humbled to have this opportunity to return to leadership in Durham County, a prime community in our region,” Davis said in a statement. “While there are challenges ahead of us, I look forward to partnering with the Board of County Commissioners, citizens and institutions throughout Durham, the region and the state to keep this community THE community to live, work and play.”


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  • stymieindurham Feb 11, 2014

    Oh yeah, congratulations to him. Hope he is cognizant of the employees than the last one was.

  • Bob Smith Feb 11, 2014
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  • stymieindurham Feb 11, 2014

    Wow!!! And with the fianancial problems THEY have had.