Under the Dome

Former Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble to lead legislature’s operations

Former Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble will lead the N.C. General Assembly’s day-to-day operations as its new legislative services officer.
Former Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble will lead the N.C. General Assembly’s day-to-day operations as its new legislative services officer. tiwabu@newsobserver.com

N.C. House and Senate leaders on Tuesday named former Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble as the new legislative services officer who runs the General Assembly’s day-to-day operations.

Coble, a Republican and former Raleigh mayor, lost his seat on the county commission last November as Democrats swept the election. After leaving office, he formed a lobbying business but had only one client – E-Z Treat Company of Virginia – according to N.C. Secretary of State records.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a statement praising Coble’s civic experience and his work owning an insurance business for 34 years.

“Mr. Coble is a proven leader, and will bring a high level of professionalism to the General Assembly,” they said in the statement. “We look forward to working with him to ensure our lawmakers have the tools they need to continue providing high-quality service to the people of North Carolina.”

Coble replaces George Hall, who held the position since the 1970s and stepped down last year at age 75. The job involves overseeing everything from bill drafting to maintenance to the legislative cafeteria.

A formal posting for the job earlier this year said applicants would need a minimum of 10 years of public policy and management experience and three years of senior management experience. Also required: “comprehensive knowledge of accounting and personnel procedures” as well as “humor and lack of pretension.”

A spokeswoman for Moore said Coble’s salary has not yet been released. But the job posted listed a salary range of $130,000 to $200,000 a year.

Coble was Raleigh mayor from 1999 to 2001. He was a Wake County Commissioner from 2006 to 2014. And he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012, losing in the Republican primary to George Holding.

  Comments