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Paul Coble’s new salary at legislature: $185,000

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

Former Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble will earn $185,000 a year in his new role leading the N.C. General Assembly’s operations, according to Senate leader Phil Berger’s office.

Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore announced Tuesday that Coble will be the new legislative services officer, overseeing everything from bill drafting to maintenance to the legislature’s cafeteria.

Coble replaces George Hall, who held the position since the 1970s and stepped down last year at age 75. Hall was making $207,036 a year when he retired.

The legislative services officer is typically the highest paid position on the General Assembly’s staff.

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.

Coble is the latest Republican politician to land a government job after losing their 2014 reelection bid. Earlier this week, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that former Rep. Nathan Ramsey has been hired by the Department of Commerce as a business services representative. Ramsey, a Buncombe County Republican who lost to Democrat John Ager last year, will make $50,000.

Former Rep. Tom Murry of Morrisville is now serving as chief legal counsel for governmental affairs for the state Administrative Office of the Courts. He lost to Democrat Gale Adcock last year. Murry’s salary is $89,000.

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