Durham County Manager Ruffin to retire

From staff reportsJuly 29, 2013 

Mike Ruffin

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.

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