Published: Nov 20, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Nov 20, 2012 07:07 PM
Durham has hired Hendersonville City Manager William Bowman “Bo” Ferguson as a deputy city manager, filling the job left open by departed deputy Ted Voorhees.
Voorhees resigned in August to become city manager in Fayetteville.
Ferguson’s last work day in Hendersonville is Dec. 28. He starts work in Durham Jan. 7, overseeing departments that handle day-to-day operations. Those include police, fire, public works, solid waste and water.
According to City Manager Tom Bonfield, Ferguson has “an extensive background in organizational leadership, community and city council relations” and other managerial areas.
A Charlotte native, Ferguson has 16 years’ experience in local government. He took over in Hendersonville in February 2008 and led that town through a comprehensive planning process and a $19 million expansion of its water-treatment plant.
Ferguson has said he took an interest in city government while growing up in Charlotte.
“It always seemed like a challenging and fulfilling profession,” he said in 2008.
Before Hendersonville, Ferguson worked in Black Mountain for 2 1/2 years as assistant town manager and finance officer. Earlier, he was an assistant to the city manager in Rockville, Md. and a city management analyst in Greenbelt, Md.
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and urban studies from Furman University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Kansas.
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