Wake commissioner Gurley moving to NC budget office

Posted February 28, 2014

Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley

— 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. 


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  • Larry Lynch Mar 3, 2014
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    who needs experience when yer connected to gov nor pat? the democrats did the same thing. I say --re elect no one.

  • funnything Mar 2, 2014

    if governor pope likes him then he must be pretty ok. ( yes, sarcasm.)

  • davidgnews Mar 2, 2014

    You'll never know how good or bad he is because he will be following Art Pope's directives. He does have sense enough to do the job, unlike many other high-level people in government.

  • Jeff Herring Mar 1, 2014
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    great! now ole boy tony can drop the pretense and directly work for the man that has been financing him for so many years - Art Pope. Good riddance

  • Elaine Perkinson Feb 28, 2014
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    Another Cronies R Us. Some things never change on either side of the isle - very sad but true.

  • proudgrandmomma Feb 28, 2014

    They could of used Mr. Gurley looking after the budget back when Ol' Bev and 100 years of dems were running the state into the ground. And then you add Clinton and Barry Hussein to the mix it's no wonder we need a good budget! You go Gurley!

  • trustno1 Feb 28, 2014

    Don't let the door hit you on the way. As a county employee I can say on my part, you will not be missed!

  • notexactly Feb 28, 2014

    well he has handled the budget for wake county in some of his duties> I don't know if you think that is not qualified or not. Who would you choose? Maybe he was the best candidate for the job. How much experience did Obama have running the strongest nation in the world?? Look how bad he has done. That didn't bother you libs to much. At least he has been at the level below going to a state level. Unlike Obama who went from a terrible senator that had very little time in that spot to the head of the US, making him the worst prez in history and a liar

  • dbrownnc Feb 28, 2014

    Article says this is new position. He probably stayed at a HInn Express one night AND more important: he made a donation to Gov Pat campaign

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Feb 28, 2014

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    HWhat do you mean what experience does he have to be a budgeting officer for a multi-million dollar state agency, he has been a pharmacists, a lawyer and a county commisioner. Oh yeah, and he donated big to Gov McCrory plus has been Art Pope's lapdog while a Wake Co commisioner. Whats not to be qualified?