Before landing the Greenville job, he had a short tenure as county administrator in El Dorado County, Calif., where he was fired after four months. Bourey said he was terminated because he would not fire eight department directors after being asked to do so by another official, adding that there was no reason to fire the staff. The official also threatened Bourey's job. That official convinced the county board to fire Bourey.

"It was totally unethical," he said of the official's request. "It as a very, very negative experience."

He left the top position in Hennepin County, Minn., disgruntled with a state salary cap governing public officials' pay. When he resigned, he was making about $109,000. He said the state at the time had a salary cap that prevented anyone in government from earning more than 90 percent of the governor's salary. During his last years there "I was being recruited left and right and was being offered $60,000 to $70,000 more," he said. "I felt like I needed to make the change."

He left with a termination package worth about $133,000, prompting criticism from the St. Paul Pioneer Press editorial board.

'Positive, high energy person'

But in each place he has worked since beginning his career in Nashville, Tenn., with the exception of El Dorado, news reports note Bourey, 61, left behind a string of accomplishments, ranging from improving the regulatory climate for business in Hillsborough County, Fla., to keeping property taxes stable and building bridges with organizations and businesses in Hennepin....


Partial employment timeline

2010 to 2013, Director of corporate development, Elliott Davis, Greenville, S.C.

2004 to 2010, City manager, Greenville, S.C.

2003, County Administrator, El Dorado County, Calif.

1997 to 2003, Executive Director, Maricopa Association of Governments

1993-1996, County Administrator, Hennepin County, Minn.

1987-1993, Senior Assistant County Administrator, Hillsborough County, Fla.


Bachelor's degree, in environmental design, North Carolina State University

Master's degree in urban design; master's degree in architecture, both from Washington University, St. Louis.


Married to wife, Ann. They have two daughters.

Sources: City of Newport News; news reports accessed on