Durham County Manager Mike Ruffin has announced plans to retire effective Jan. 31, 2014.
The announcement came at the county commissioners’ regular session Monday evening. In a prepared letter to the Board, Ruffn said he and his wife plan to move to the Charlotte area to care for his aging in-laws, according to a county news release.
Ruffn thanked all 13 county commissioners he has worked for during his 14-year tenure at Durham County government.
“I want to personally thank each one of you and them for the privilege to serve a county that provides an example across the country of what a high-performing county can and should be,” he said in the release. “Indeed, we are known nationally as an innovative, forward-thinking county government that provides high-quality services to our residents.”
Before coming to Durham County in 2000, Ruffin held similar posts in the Atlanta, Charlotte, and the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area during a nearly 36-year span. The commissioners will immediately begin a search process for a new county manager.