Posted September 8, 2022
The Granville County Board of Commissioners has selected Drew Cummings to serve as the next County Manager. Cummings comes to Granville after fourteen years of service in the Durham County Manager’s Office as Assistant County Manager and Chief of Staff. Preceding his tenure with Durham County, Cummings previously held several positions in municipal government and worked for seven years as a middle school teacher before entering the local government profession.
During his tenure in Durham County, Cummings focused on a wide range of issues including economic development, education, transportation, affordable housing, and homelessness. He has been a member of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) as well as the North Carolina City and County Managers Association since 2004. Cummings achieved his ICMA Credentialed Manager status in 2021 and is also a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Public Executive Leadership Academy, participating in the 2015 cohort. He is a graduate of Harvard University, holding a BA in Government and received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Cummings is a native of Kalamazoo Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. He and his wife, Amy, have three school-aged children and in his spare time Cummings enjoys exercise, woodwork, and singing in his church choir.
“The Granville County Board of Commissioners is unanimous in its selection of Drew Cummings,” said Tony Cozart, Chair of the Granville County Board of Commissioners. “His educational level and extensive experience make Mr. Cummings the desired candidate to serve as our next County Manager. Cummings comes to us with outstanding references, is very well-trained in county administration, and has shown throughout his career that he is a person who has committed himself to getting results. His longevity with Durham County shows that he is willing to ingrain himself in a community and weather a few storms while moving towards a long-range vision of success. As a longtime Durham resident, Mr. Cummings is already familiar with this region and knows the needs and opportunities for success that we have in Granville. The entire Board of County Commissioners is excited to welcome Drew Cummings to our community.”
“I am so excited to come to Granville County and look forward to working with the Commissioners, staff, and the community to continue building on the strong groundwork that has already been laid,” Cummings said. “I look forward to getting to know the community and staff much better in the coming months as we re-commit ourselves to the goals of responsive, innovative, efficient government and seek to seize the positive out of all the change we have seen over the past few years. It is a true honor.”
Cummings is scheduled to begin his tenure with Granville County on Monday, October 17. His office will be located at the Granville County Administration Office located at 104 Belle Street, Oxford.