Nick Tennyson, who was Durham's mayor for four years until 2001, will start work next month as one of two chief deputy secretaries at the state Department of Transportation.
As Transportation Secretary Tony Tata's chief deputy for support, Tennyson will take charge of developing a new statewide 25-year infrastructure plan, which was one of Gov. Pat McCrory's priorities for DOT. He'll step down from a job he has held for 18 years as executive vice president of the Homebuilders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.
"This is an opportunity to have a real impact on the future of North Carolina," Tennyson said. "This is really a continuation of work that I got started on when I was mayor, to try to get people to think about the near future. Twenty-five years seems like a long time to a lot of people ..., but we need to think how quickly 25 years will arrive."
Tennyson, 63, a Republican, will start work April 1 at a salary of $123,000. His new position puts him on equal footing with DOT's chief deputy secretary for operations, Jim Trogdon. He'll oversee the Division of Motor Vehicles, finance, intergovernmental affairs, planning and information technology.
--Bruce Siceloff, staff writer