RALEIGH — Rep. Allen McNeill (R-Randolph) has been honored as the first recipient of the “Order of the Keeper of the Public Purse,” according to a press statement from N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell.
Folwell, along with the Boards of Trustees of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System, passed a resolution honoring McNeill for his work related to the state’s retirement systems.
“It’s hard to say in words the contributions that Rep. McNeill has made to the retirements of those that teach, protect, and otherwise serve the people of North Carolina,” said Folwell in a statement. “But for his leadership as pensions committee chair, our benefit plans wouldn’t be as secure. Not just his constituents in Randolph County, but nearly 1 million current and future generations of public service workers are indebted.”
Per Folwell’s statement, the award is “being established by Treasurer Folwell as a way of recognizing achievements that heed the clarion call of former Treasurer Harlan Boyles in his 1994 book, The Keeper of the Public Purse, to guard fiercely the purse of the citizens of North Carolina.”
“Order of the Keeper of the Public Purse” will be the highest recognition or award granted by the State Treasurer of North Carolina, according to the statement.
McNeill, the chairman of the House Pension and Retirement Committee, has served over five and a half terms and will not be seeking re-election again this fall.