Joe has worked in leadership positions for local government ( city and county ) , state government and the private sector. He retired from Wake County Government where he worked for 13 years serving as Deputy County Manager and Interim County Manager. He previously worked as County Manager for Edgecombe County and in various leadership roles with the City of Sanford , Richmond County and the City of Rocky Mount. He has also worked with the Wooten Company ( Engineering , Planning and Architecture ) and the State of North Carolina ( Department of Natural Resources and Community Development ) . He earned a BS from East Carolina in Urban and Regional Planning and has also done graduate work in local government management at ECU and UNC-Chapel Hill.