Wib Gulley says he’ll retire this summer after nine years as the in-house lawyer for Triangle Transit, and 24 years as one of the region’s chief advocates for public transportation.
“It’s really great to look back and reflect how far this has come in terms of creating a vital organization that serves an important service in the region,” Gulley, who turns 65 in July, said Friday.
As Durham mayor from 1985 to 1989, Gulley helped launch the three-county transit agency and became its first board chairman in 1989. He was Triangle Transit’s primary legislative champion during six terms in the state Senate, where he chaired a subcommittee that oversees transportation spending.
In 2004 Gulley was embarrassed when the Triangle Transit board refused in a split vote to hire him as its general counsel. Some board members said his Senate duties would divert too much of his attention away from the job. But he got the job two months later after he resigned his legislative seat. ... [MORE]