Screen shot 2013-01-28 at 8.00.54 PMIn a new feature, we’ll occasionally call closer attention to various aspects of the workings of Asheville city government.

First up, something that totally slipped under my radar last month: the fact that Asheville City Council in December agreed to hire former Democratic N.C. Lieutenant Gov. Dennis Wicker to be a lobbyist for the city. The city is paying Wicker $60,000 for his services.

Wicker is leader of the Government Relations group in the Raleigh office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, says wiki.

What will Wicker do? The Tribune Papers’ Leslee Kulba reports:

In not so many words, the City of Asheville retained a lobbyist. They accepted a proposal from former lieutenant governor Dennis Wicker (D) for monitoring and relaying news about pending legislation pertaining to the water-sewer system merger and drafting alternative language for anticipated adversarial bills. The city will enter into a $60,000 contract for the services.



  1. “shouldn’t the representative .. be forthcoming with the information”

    Good idea

  2. I’m obviously in the wrong business.

  3. shouldn’t the representative for the District which includes AVL be forthcoming with the information without taxpayer dollars “lining the pockets” of an “ex” politician?

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