County Manager - Durham County
Wendell M. Davis is the county manager for Durham County, North Carolina. Durham is regarded among the most progressive, innovative and rapidly growing communities in the southeast and one of 66 counties in the nation that enjoys a double AAA bond rating.
As the Chief Executive Officer for county government operations, Wendell manages a half - billion-dollar budget and approximately 2,000 employees. At present, he is leading his organization through a major transformation by introducing a strategic approach for governance with metrics and data as the principal drivers for decision making. Most recently, under his leadership, Durham County leads the way as the only county in the southeastern United States that has implemented a $15 per hour livable wage and paid parental leave.
Prior to becoming Durham County Manager, Wendell served as Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (CFO) at North Carolina Central University for three years. Before joining NCCU, he served as Deputy County Manager for Durham County Government for more than 11 years where he managed county operations and oversaw an aggressive capital improvements program that constructed a new regional library system a contemporary courthouse, a state of the art health and human services complex and major upgrades and renovations to numerous critical public facilities including the Triangle Waste Water Treatment Plant that serves the world renowned Research Triangle Park.