Keith Weatherly confirmed Tuesday night he is stepping down as the mayor of Apex.
Weatherly said he informed the town council he had accepted a new position that was incompatible with his duties as mayor of the town.
Weatherly only said his new job was local but no further information about his future employment was released.
"It's been quite a ride," Weatherly said. "I had a great team all those years. One of the best places to live in America."
Weatherly has served as mayor since December 1995, being elected to another four-year term in 2011. He was on the Apex Town Board from December 1993 to December 1995.