APEX — Mayor Keith Weatherly has resigned after 20 years on the Apex Town Council for a new job opportunity, according to an announcement at Tuesday's meeting.
Weatherly, 63, said he could not reveal his new position Tuesday evening because an official statement was pending from his new employer.
On Monday, Weatherly will start as DOT's Deputy Secretary for Legislative Affairs & Policy, said spokesman Mike Charbonneau on Wednesday.
It's an incredible opportunity for me, Weatherly said. One I can't turn down. I'd like to thank the people of Apex for allowing me to serve. It's been an incredible experience.
He will remain in the Raleigh area, but said the new position could be perceived as a conflict of interest and would take too much time from his duties as mayor.
Weatherly's resignation is effective Friday.
The Apex Town Council will have to appoint a new mayor either from within its own ranks or from a pool of applicants of registered voters in Apex. The vacancy is expected to come up when the council meets on Feb. 4, said Mike Wilson, assistant town manager.
Weatherly's announcement came as a shock to town staff and council members. All expressed sadness at his departure. Weatherly has been mayor for 18 years and served on the town council for two years prior.
Keith, it's an end of an era, said Gene Schulze, mayor pro tem. I can't think of Apex without thinking of you. We are going to miss you. I wish you luck.
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