- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A former Raleigh mayor and onetime congressional candidate is the next top administrator of day-to-day operations at the General Assembly.

Legislative leaders announced Tuesday that Paul Coble is the new legislative services officer. He succeeds George Hall, who retired last November after more than 30 years at the post. There were two interim officers in between.

Coble served as Raleigh mayor for two years and later as chairman of the Wake County commission. He also ran for a Republican congressional nomination in 2012, losing to now-U.S. Rep. George Holding. He also once ran for the state Senate.

Coble operated an insurance business for more than 30 years, according to a release from Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore.

The legislative services officer works to ensure the Legislative Building and nearby Legislative Office Building run smoothly, overseeing a variety of operations to hire research staff, keep the grounds clean, print bills and even replace light bulbs.

Coble “is a proven leader, and will bring a high level of professionalism to the General Assembly,” Moore and Berger said in the joint statement.

Coble will make $185,000, according to Berger’s office, or $22,000 less than what Hall made.

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