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New face leading League advocacy efforts 

by Najuma Thorpe, NCLM Director of Communications and Member Relations

Rose Vaughn Williams started Jan. 5 as the League’s Director of Governmental Affairs. Prior to joining the League, Williams served as the legislative counsel for the state Department of Insurance for seven years, where she represented the Department before the General Assembly. Her distinguished career also includes service as a District Court judge and as a partner in private law practice.

Working with people has been at the center of Williams’ career, and her role leading the League’s advocacy efforts will be no different.

"This role excites me because it’s meaningful," said Williams. "The League has a great mission, and that is something I am proud to be part of. I admire the elected public servants and those working in city government. There are not as many ‘thank yous’ for them but their work is important to the good lives that we live."

Williams’ varied career roles have prepared her well for job at the League. While lobbying for the Department of Insurance, she worked on complex insurance regulatory matters and promoted legislation that would both protect consumers and keep the insurance companies solvent. As a District judge, she adjudicated both criminal and civil cases that spanned a variety of issues. While in private law practice as a partner at Dees, Smith, Powell, Jarrett, Dees & Jones in Goldsboro, she worked on issues that spanned from the environment to courtroom litigation. That background will serve her well in representing the varied needs of North Carolina cities and towns.

"Rose is a true professional and highly respected by legislators across the political spectrum," said League Executive Director Paul Meyer. "Her depth of knowledge, experience dealing with an array of policy issues and strong relationships with people throughout state government make Rose an ideal fit for North Carolina cities and towns. She will be a tremendous asset to the League as we enter this critical legislative session and moving forward."

Working on behalf of cities and towns is something that appeals to Williams because she sees how important municipalities are to the vitality of the state.

"Cities and towns are providing services that North Carolinians have come to expect, whether it is the planning, promotion and support of economic development projects, higher levels of police and fire protection, parks and cultural facilities, land-use planning or a litany of other services provided. The mission is large and critical to all the people of North Carolina. I want to get that mission out there and help people understand the important work that our cities and towns are doing.

"We want the members of the General Assembly to know that we are here to partner with them," continued Williams. "We have the same goals: improve the economy, grow job opportunities and help to keep North Carolina a great place to live. We can do these things together."