(Durham, NC): Kirby Bowers, executive director for Triangle J Council of Governments, has announced his plans to retire from his position, effective June 2015. In a closed session of the Executive Committee on December 17, Mr. Bowers submitted a letter notifying them of his intention to retire, stating, "This decision was not easy for me and comes with mixed emotions. However, after more than 37 years working in local government the time is right to move on so I can spend more time supporting family needs and pursue other endeavors."
TJCOG Chair and Cary Town Council Member Jennifer Robinson lauded Mr. Bower's service, saying: "Mr. Bowers fostered greater collaboration among the municipalities and counties in our region and helped us advance our goals of serving citizens in the best possible manner. Through his leadership we have reached milestones that no single government could achieve on its own. On behalf of the Triangle J Board of Delegates, I want to express our gratitude to Mr. Bowers for his phenomenal contributions to this organization and our region."
Mr. Bowers came to TJCOG nearly six years ago from Northern Virginia after more than 30 years of public service in the Washington DC metropolitan area. He served as County Administrator of Loudoun County, Virginia, for seventeen years prior to joining TJCOG.
During his career, Mr. Bowers received a number of honors, including the J. Sargeant Reynolds award as Virginia's outstanding public administrator and as the Public Administrator of the Year by the Marsh Institute for Government & Public Policy at Shenandoah University. Locally, he was honored as a Triangle Area 2011 Business Leader of the Year by Business Leader magazine.
Mr. Bowers is an active member of the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), the Alliance for Innovation and the North Carolina Local Government Managers Association. For the past two years, he has served as chairman of the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils.
Mr. Bowers can be reached at email@example.com or 919.558.9395.