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 Hankins to retire as League executive director 

June 21, 2013

Contact:  Najuma Thorpe

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(RALEIGH, N.C.) – Ellis Hankins, North Carolina League of Municipalities executive director, announced his plans to retire at a board of directors meeting yesterday at the Governor’s Mansion. Hankins will remain with the League through January 2014. 

“Ellis has been a staunch advocate for cities and towns throughout his tenure with the League,” said Art Schools, League president and mayor of Emerald Isle.  “We thank Ellis for his efforts, and he will be missed.”

Hankins is only the fifth full-time executive director in the League’s 105-year history. He first joined the League staff in 1982 as assistant general counsel, was promoted to associate general counsel, then general counsel and chief legislative lobbyist in 1987. He left the League to work as a lawyer in private practice in 1993 and returned to the League in 1997 as executive director.

“It has been a great privilege to work for great public servants across North Carolina. I'm very proud of what the League has helped our municipal membership accomplish. We have had many successes and also weathered many challenges,” Hankins said.  “I am confident that the League and our cities and towns are well positioned for success in the future.”

The board of directors will begin a search for the next executive director in the coming weeks. 

About NCLM
The North Carolina League of Municipalities is a membership association of 540 great hometowns – representing nearly every municipality in the state. The League advocates for its members, from the largest city to the smallest village, on the full range of legislative issues that affect municipalities.

For more than 100 years, the League has promoted – and continues to promote – good government by offering non-partisan advocacy, insurance and other services -- as directed by its membership.