Cabarrus County announces today that John Day, county manager since 2003, will retire at the end of this fiscal year to pursue other initiatives and projects in the region and in North Carolina.
To facilitate a smooth transition, he will step down from the position of county manager on September 30, 2011. Deputy County Manager Mike Downs will serve as interim county manager, while Day stays on in a consulting capacity through June 30, 2012. Downs has overseen county operations for the past eight years of his 25-year tenure with Cabarrus County.
“Working with Cabarrus County has been a great opportunity, and I’m very proud of the many important achievements made here alongside with the staff and commissioners. From innovations in land use regulations, to employee health care, to building a sustainable local economy, Cabarrus County has become a national model. It is so gratifying to know Cabarrus County has truly embraced a triple-bottom line approach to governing and serving,” Day said.
“Our many accomplishments here, and the foundations built, allow me to move on to the next chapter of my life without hesitation,” said Day. “Exciting new opportunities are opening for me to work on local, regional and statewide projects aimed at sustainability, self-reliance, health, social justice and prosperity,” he said.
“I will miss working with the County employees but I’m confident they will continue to succeed in providing high quality, innovative services for this community.” Day said.
Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jay White said: “I want to thank John for his dedication and contributions over the past eight years as County Manager and his participation in the evolution of Cabarrus County into a financially strong, and fundamentally sound institution. I know John will be successful in his next endeavors.”
Liz Poole, vice chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners added: “John’s leadership has created a nurturing organizational culture that supports the personal growth and health of County employees, creating an environment where employees value teamwork and provide dedicated service to the public. I appreciate what he’s done for the county organization, for the board of commissioners, and for the community.”