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Jep Rose

t: 252.972.7107

Jep's practice largely consists of representing local governments throughout North Carolina.


Jep Rose has served as City Attorney for Rocky Mount for over 40 years and served as County Attorney for Chatham County for 15 years.  In addition, he has served two stints as Interim City Attorney for Fayetteville.

He has extensive experience in advising governing bodies, planning boards, boards of adjustment, and management and staff in all aspects of local government law including governing board procedure, annexations, zoning and land use, installment purchase contracts, tort and insurance issues, and eminent domain procedures. He has also served as counsel to the Nash County Board of Adjustment and is a former Chairman of the Nash County Planning Board and the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. In addition to his local government practice, he represents and counsels small business entities with regard to transactions and disputes.

He is a graduate of Virginia Episcopal School and a former Chairman of its Board of Trustees, Davidson College, and the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Areas of Focus


  • Represented municipal governing boards in connection with zoning and land use disputes with private citizens and businesses
  • Served as counsel to local governments in the preparation of contracts and agreements for the provision of specified proprietary services to businesses
  • Prepared interlocal cooperation agreements between units of local governments
  • Represented local governments in employee discipline and termination proceedings and in the preparation of disciplinary procedures
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