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Wake Co. manager retiring after 30 years

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Wake County manager David Cooke has decided to retire, he told WNCN Thursday night.

Cooke said he had planned to announce his intention to retire at the end of November. He said a press release was scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Tony Gurley of the County Commissioners told WNCN that Cooke was not being pushed out but was retiring.

"The past 13 years have been truly wonderful and gratifying," Cooke said. "I have been very fortunate to work with very capable and dedicated elected officials, smart and talented county employees and an innovative management team.

"Our collective efforts are what make Wake County a great place to live, work and play. Wake County is well-poised for continued success in the future."

As county manager, Cooke is responsible for the day to day operations of the county, reporting to the Board of Commissioners.

He became the county's deputy manager in September 1996 and became manager in August 2000.

Cooke got his undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Board of Commissioners will begin the search process for a new County Manager in August.

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