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League elects new officers and board of directors 

by League Communications Associate Jessica Wells

League members elected new League officers and board of directors members at CityVision 2015. Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens was elected president and accepted the gavel from 2014- 2015 President Mayor Ronnie Wall of Burlington. Before taking office as president, Hutchens served terms as first vice president and second vice president. 

Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny was elected to the first vice president seat after serving as second vice president, and Jacksonville Mayor Pro Tem Michael Lazzara, who previously served on the board as District 2 Representative, was elected as the new second vice president. Mayor Wall became the immediate past president. 

The new members to the board are Shelby Council Member Dennis Bailey (District 11 Representative), Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas (At Large Representative/Elected Official), Concord Council Member Jennifer Parsley (At Large Representative/ Elected Official), and Cornelius Chief of Police Bence Hoyle (Undesignated Affiliate Organization Representative). 

In addition, the following directors were re-elected to a second term: Edenton Mayor Roland Vaughan (District 1 Representative), Wilmington Council Member Earl Sheridan (District 3 Representative), Rocky Mount Council Member Lamont Wiggins (District 5 Representative), Southern Pines Mayor David McNeill (District 7 Representative), Winston- Salem Council Member Denise Adams (District 9 Representative), Elizabeth City Manager Rich Olson (Managers/ Chief Administrators), Hope Mills Clerk Melissa Adams (Municipal Clerks), and Durham City Attorney Patrick Baker (Municipal Attorneys). Washington Council Member William Pitt (District 2 Representative) and Franklin Mayor Bob Scott (District 12 Representative) were later elected to unexpired, vacant district slots. 

“This new board will help us position the League to serve cities and towns into the future,” said League Executive Director Paul Meyer. “They will build upon the work of the previous board and take our initiatives to the next level.” 

Directors are elected for two-year terms and eligible to serve two terms. Officers’ terms are one year, and officers move from second vice president to first vice president and then to president, subject to annual election. 

Being a board member is a tremendous undertaking and commitment to service. In addition to former President Goldsboro Mayor Al King, we thank the following board members for completing their terms on League’s Board of Directors: Newton Mayor Pro Tem Mary Bess Lawing (District 11 Representative), Weaverville Council Member Walter Currie (District 12 Representative), and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan (At Large/Elected Official).