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Raleigh To Name New Public Safety Center After Former Mayor

Posted July 15, 2003

— City council members gave unanimous approval Tuesday to naming a new public safety center after a former Raleigh mayor.

State auditor Ralph Campbell asked the city council to name the center after Clarence Lightner, who died last year at the age of 80.

Lightner was the city's first elected mayor and the only African-American to hold the office. He served as mayor from 1973 - 75 and served on the City Council for three terms from 1967 -73.

The city plans to build a new headquarters for the police and fire departments.

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