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N.C. League of Municipalities elects Zebulon’s Matheny as 2nd vice president

Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny talks to Sen. Tamara Barringer, a Cary Republican, about the need to keep municipalities whole during his visit to Raleigh on May 21, 2013.
Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny talks to Sen. Tamara Barringer, a Cary Republican, about the need to keep municipalities whole during his visit to Raleigh on May 21, 2013. EASTERN WAKE NEWS FILE PHOTO

He’s no stranger to working with the N.C. League of Municipalities, but Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny has taken on a new role in the advocacy group for local governments.

The League elected Matheny its 2nd vice president at its annual conference earlier this month. It’s a position that will funnel Matheny into the 1st vice president and then president seats over the next three years, so long as he remains an elected official in good standing.

Matheny joins Burlington Mayor Ronnie Wall (League president), Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens (1st vice president), and Goldsboro Mayor Al King (immediate past president) as members of the League’s new executive committee.

“Bob brings a great wealth of experience ... having served in local government for a great number of years, and certainly he’s been in and around the General Assembly throughout his time serving local government,” said Paul Meyer, executive director of the League. “Both of those things are positives that he brings to the League board.”

Matheny, Zebulon’s mayor of 21 years, served 15 years as a town commissioner before that. He has served on the League’s board of directors for the past four years representing District 6, which spans territory from Alamance to Wake counties and north to the Virginia border. He’s also served for the past two and a half years on the board of trustees for Risk Management Services, a League-affiliated group that insures governmental risk across the state. That’s a role he will continue in his new position.

The League of Municipalities advocates on behlf of municipal governments in the state legislature and offers a raft of services to its 540-plus members.

“We have ... legal services that can be provided, insurance, wellness programs, police training,” Matheny said. “It’s just a wide array of services we provide for and to municipal government. Some of it is chamber (of commerce)-type stuff, but there’s just a lot more services we provide.”

In joining the executive committee, Matheny will take part in making League decisions and recommendations to its board of directors on a variety of matters from personnel to policy changes.

He hopes his new role will also prove beneficial to the area he calls home.

“I think it calls attention to the (eastern Wake County) region and allows me to represent the region to the whole state, while I also represent the whole state,” Matheny said. “It really doesn’t hurt to be out there saying ‘I’m president, or vice president’ – or whatever it may be – ‘and I’m from Zebulon, North Carolina.’”

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