Wake representative to be new TTA lawyer

May. 01, 2013 @ 10:16 PM

State Rep. Deborah Ross, D-Wake, will replace former Durham Mayor Wib Gulley as general counsel of Triangle Transit, effective June 17.

Triangle Transit officials announced the hiring Wednesday, following a unanimous vote by the agency’s board.

Board Chairman Fred Day IV said Ross “brings a wealth of knowledge” to the job and is arriving “at an important time as we work to expand local and regional bus service” and continue planning a light-rail system.

Gulley has been Triangle Transit’s general counsel since 2004, when he resigned a N.C. Senate seat to take the job. He announced on Jan. 3 that he would retire this summer.

Like Gulley before her, Ross is leaving the General Assembly for the transit job. She represents a district that includes parts of the Wade Avenue and Wake Forest Road corridors in Raleigh.

State law requires Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to appoint as her replacement in the House someone recommended by the executive committee of the Wake County Democratic Party.

Republicans hold lopsided majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly