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 In the News, July 10, 2012 


Concord's Hiatt named NCCCMA president. City Manager W. Brian Hiatt was sworn in as president of the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) on June 30, 2012 at its annual Summer Seminar in Asheville. The association, which is affiliated with the International City and County Management Association, dates back to 1938 and consists of approximately 480 active members.  ... “It is truly an honor to be selected by my peers to head the Association during a period when we are all working hard to maintain essential services and prepare our organizations for the future,” said Hiatt, who previously served as first vice president of the NCCCMA.

New manager well suited for Fayetteville. Fayetteville's next city manager says the community's "size, complexity and energy" appeal to him. "I've visited a few times over the years, and I have seen some of the transformation," said Ted Voorhees, who takes the reins of the state's sixth-largest city in August. As a deputy city manager in Durham, Voorhees has spent the last decade helping transform Durham's downtown from empty tobacco factories into offices, apartments and restaurants. "That's the sort of challenge Fayetteville is working on, as well, and I would like to contribute to that process," he said.

Waynesville's revered town manager gets state's top award. Longtime Waynesville Town Manager Lee Galloway was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious honors conveyed by the governor, in recognition of his years of service in the state. The order may be awarded to those with 30 or more years of exemplary service to the state and to visiting dignitaries. Among the awards most notable recipients are Maya Angelou, Andy Griffith, Billy Graham, Michael Jordan and Dale Earnhardt. “It only seemed appropriate that you been added to that list,” said Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown.



N.C. law limits cities' ability to grow.  North Carolina cities, which have enjoyed broad annexation powers for more than five decades, will have a harder time absorbing surrounding areas thanks to a new state law the legislature approved in May.  Before the new law took effect, North Carolina cities were allowed to amass unincorporated territory even over the objections of the residents of those areas. Those rules often dismayed suburbanites, but were hailed by city officials as a proven model for maintaining their tax bases and securing cities’ fiscal health. Under the new law, North Carolina’s annexation process will look more like the process in most other states. Most significantly, residents of unincorporated territory will be able to vote up or down on whether to be absorbed into a city. As in other states, the new rule is likely to make annexations rare because of the higher taxes that come with city residency.