Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG), the lead regional planning organization for North Carolina’s Region J, is pleased to announce the appointment of E. Lee Worsley, Jr., as its new executive director, effective July 13, 2015. Worsley, 41, is currently deputy county manager for Durham County, a position he has held since 2011. He follows Kirby Bowers, who joined TJCOG in 2009 and has announced his retirement, effective June 20, 2015.
Worsley was introduced to the organization’s Board of Delegates for final approval at its regular meeting on May 20, 2015, and received a unanimous vote of support. He was selected among a field of 62 applicants in a national search. A search committee of local government leaders worked with Durham firm Developmental Associates to conduct a comprehensive, four-month selection process.
Jennifer Robinson, TJCOG chairperson and Cary Town Council member, led the search committee and presented its recommendation, commenting: "We had a lot of great candidates, but Lee really distinguished himself as the one to follow in Kirby's footsteps."
Worsley offered the following about his appointment: “I am tremendously honored that the Board of Delegates has appointed me as the next executive director of the Triangle J Council of Governments. I am very excited to join the talented and dedicated employees of Triangle J COG in July,” Worsley said. “I cannot wait to begin working with the Board of Delegates and Triangle J employees on strategies to continue improving the quality of life for residents of this region.”
Worsley began his public service career in 1999 as assistant to the city manager in Goldsboro, N.C. He served as county manager in Greene County, N.C., and assistant county manager in Catawba County, N.C., before coming to Durham County, where, during 2014, he served as interim county manager. Worsley has served as chairman of the TJCOG Emergency Response and Security Planning Committee since 2013. He was recognized as Outstanding Assistant Manager of the Year by the N.C. City/County Managers Association in 2010. Worsley holds a master’s degree in public administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Appalachian State University.