Raleigh, N.C. — Longtime Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley was named Friday as the new chief operating officer for the state Office of State Budget and Management.
Josh Ellis, a spokesman for Gov. Pat McCrory, said the position was included in the 2013-14 budget but was vacant until Gurley's appointment.
Gurley has served on the Wake County Board of Commissioners since 2002, including as chairman. He resigned his seat Friday.
He also serves as the chief operating officer of In-Office Pharmacy in Durham and as a pharmacy consultant. He began his new job Friday, at an annual salary of $124,915.
"Tony's experience as a county commissioner, entrepreneur, pharmacist and attorney provides a well-rounded perspective that’s needed to manage a budget of this size and level of complexity,” McCrory said in a statement. "His expertise will strengthen our efforts to streamline state government and improve operational efficiency.”
Gurley will be working under budget chief Art Pope. According to Ellis, his focus will be the troubled Department of Health and Human Services.
Gurley previously owned Gurley's Pharmacy and was an attorney at Gurley & Cookson. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from North Carolina Central University.