APEX — Keith Weatherly, who has served as the mayor of Apex for 18 years, announced Tuesday that he has resigned.
Weatherly, 63, said during Tuesday’s Town Council meeting that he is pursing a new job opportunity that could be perceived as a conflict of interest with his mayoral duties. He also said the job will take too much of his time to serve as an elected leader.
Weatherly declined to give details about the new job but said his employer will give an official announcement.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for me, one I can’t turn down,” Weatherly said. “I’d like to thank the people of Apex for allowing me to serve. It’s been an incredible experience.”
Weatherly’s resignation is effective Friday. He said he will remain in the Raleigh area.
The Apex Town Council will have to appoint a new mayor from within its own ranks or from a pool of applicants of registered voters in Apex. The vacancy is expected to be addressed at the council’s next meeting Feb. 4, said Mike Wilson, assistant town manager.
Weatherly’s announcement came as a shock to town staff and council members. Some expressed sadness at his departure.
Weatherly served two years on the Town Council before he became mayor.
“Keith, it’s an end of an era,” said Gene Schulze, mayor pro tem. “I can’t think of Apex without thinking of you. We are going to miss you. I wish you luck.”
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