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Wake hires firm to handle county manager search

Posted September 23, 2013

— The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Monday selected Tallahassee, Fla.-based Bob Murray and Associates to conduct a comprehensive executive search for a new county manager.

Wake County Manager David Cooke told commissioners in July that he would retire at the end of November.

Commissioners interviewed three search firms Monday before choosing Bob Murray and Associates. The company will be paid $24,000, plus expenses.

“It is a very important process, and both they and we are dedicated to finding the best candidate to keep Wake County moving in the right direction” board Chairman Joe Bryan said in a statement. “It is important that the community is engaged in the search process, and we feel confident that Bob Murray and Associates will work with us and include the public in the process of selecting the new manager."

Commissioners hope to name a replacement by the first quarter of next year.

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  • djofraleigh Sep 24, 7:16 p.m.

    Why can't the taxpayers be told why the last manager was sent packing.

  • Relic Sep 24, 4:54 p.m.

    But I'm sure local professors from various universities would conduct the search for free.

    Wrong. Most of these groups are owned by the "local professors". One in particular at NCSU has been doing searches and processes for years and makes a very lucrative side job. Professors are like anyone else. They don't work for free.

  • hollylama Sep 24, 3:57 p.m.

    I was just talking to a colleague today about the need to have outside parties fill government positions to cut down on nepotism and cronyism. But I'm sure local professors from various universities would conduct the search for free.

  • btneast Sep 24, 2:58 p.m.

    So, Wake County has NOBODY in the ranks to take over as County Manager? No one? Not ONE person? One? That has come up through the ranks of county government? Talk about fail.....

    ....Maybe so, maybe not. Sometimes its better to bring a person from outside, so that any "old ways" aren't perpetuated. A fresh start is something many are looking for. If you have someone in your ranks that is qualified for that level of job, they are often already interviewing for that position in other municipalities

  • katzpauz Sep 24, 2:18 p.m.

    So, Wake County has NOBODY in the ranks to take over as County Manager? No one? Not ONE person? One? That has come up through the ranks of county government? Talk about fail.....

  • remer54 Sep 24, 8:21 a.m.

    They dont need to be in office if they cannot hire a person for this job. Tax payers money wasted. Like on TATTA and this The Department of Health and Human Services paid Thomas L. Adams $37,227.25 as "severance" after he served just one month as chief of staff at the department.