Eastern Carolina Council, Part 7:,/h4> New ECC director charged with picking up the pieces

Editor’s note: The regional agency has been in disarray over the past two months, following the abrupt resignation of its law firm, Grady Quattlebaum; and, two days later the equally sudden dismissal of its executive director, Katie Bordeaux. 

NEW BERN – The Executive Committee of the Eastern Carolina Council of Governments recently announced that it has retained Timothy J (Tim) Ware as its Interim Executive Director, effective September 13, 2021.

A graduate of NC State University, Ware served as Fiscal Director and Assistant Director of the Mid-East Commission, headquartered in Washington,NC, beginning in 1994, and was named Executive Director in 2002. 

After 10 years at Mid-East, he moved to Fredericksburg, VA, assuming the post of Executive Director of the George Washington Regional Commission, serving for five years. 

In 2018, he returned to North Carolina as Executive Director of the NC Association of Regional Councils – which supports the work of all 16 Councils of Government in the state. He recently retired from that position. 

“Tim brings a wealth of experience to the ECC,” said Jay Bender, ECC President. “He knows what a Council of Government is, what it is supposed to do, and how it should function in service to its member governments. His peers in the industry enthusiastically recommended him as an individual who can help guide the ECC through its transition as well as charting the way forward, helping the ECC to determine is mission and purpose as it seeks permanent leadership.”