NC Association of Regional Councils Hires New Executive Director

After a comprehensive state and national search, the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments (NCARCOG) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Lane Bailey as the new NCARCOG Executive Director. Mr. Bailey will begin work with the association on January 2, 2022.

“We are very pleased to have Mr. Bailey join us as our new Executive Director for the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments”, said NCARCOG Chairman Lee Worsley. “NCARCOG is actively working with state partners to plan and implement the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), and to assist local governments across North Carolina as they plan and deliver ARPA projects.”

Mr. Bailey has 32 years of experience working with local governments in county and municipal management positions, and is set to retire as the City of Salisbury’s City Manager at the end of 2021. Mr. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from Appalachian State University. He served the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Southeast Regional Vice President, and is a member and past president of the North Carolina City County Management Association (NCCCMA). He earned his ICMA accreditation in 2002, and was named the North Carolina Society of Certified Managers Public Manager of the Year in 2009. Lane is also the 2020 recipient of the John Whitehurst Service Award, an honor bestowed “to honor North Carolina managers who follow Whitehurst’s example of consistency and diligence in his support of all local government professionals.”

“Mr. Bailey is the leader that NCARCOG needs to help us work through ARPA, and to prepare the association for future success”, said Robert Hiett. Hiett served as the NCARCOG Search Committee Chairman, and currently serves as the NCARCOG Vice-Chairman. “Mr. Bailey’s thorough knowledge local and state government, and decades of experience will be a great asset to the association.”

“The work conducted by the Council of Governments throughout the state is critically important as North Carolina continues to grow”, said Mr. Bailey. “Approaching opportunities and challenges from a regional perspective not only benefits individual local governments but provides the framework that promotes success locally, regionally, and ultimately statewide.”

NCARCOG leadership is currently working with Mr. Bailey to ensure a successful transition for him in January.


The North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Governments (NCARCOG) represents 16 regional councils of governments (COGs), and it advocates for regional solutions to address multi-jurisdictional issues and opportunities, coordinated state and federal program service delivery, and building strategic partnerships to improve the prosperity of rural and urban North Carolina. Albemarle Commission is a proud member of NCARCOG.