Longtime city department head resigns – Rocky Mount Telegram


The Political Agitator’s response: I remember Rich Worsinger from the early 2000’s when the North Eastern NC Committee on the Affairs of Black People were hosting meetings in Rocky Mount after the 1999 Flood of the Century. We were helping folk with the flood recovery and having meetings about the high utilities. It was a meeting we held at Truth Tabernacle and that is when we learned from Rich and some others from the city about the ElectriCities deal that was made with Rocky Mount. Andre Knight was a member of the NENCCABP along with Lewis Turner, Carol Batchelor, Amanda Taylor, myself and some others.

Rocky Mount’s longest currently serving department head is leaving.

Rich Worsinger, employed with the city for 18 years, tendered his resignation as director of energy resources on Tuesday effective July 1.

Worsinger told the Telegram that he’s going to work for the city of Wilson.

“I haven’t thought about it much today,” Worsinger said. “I’m busy working.”

When Worsinger came to the city in January 2001, Rocky Mount had an undistinguished municipal utility struggling financially with noncompetitive electric rates, aging electric and gas infrastructure and a poor safety record.

Now Rocky Mount is recognized as an industry leader in both the public natural gas and public power arenas. Both utilities are strong financially — the electric and natural gas rates are competitive, the infrastructure is modern, safe and reliable and the safety record is excellent.

Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said Worsinger has been an asset to the city.

“His years of service, knowledge of electric and gas and commitment to staying on top of industry trends by being involved in various organizations are appreciated,” Small-Toney said. (Read more)

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