Sheriff, local attorney named to state boards

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Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone

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Staff Writer

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A local law enforcement official and a lawyer have been tapped to serve on crime-related state boards.

Gov. Roy Cooper recently appointed Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone to the Governor’s Crime Commission and attorney Matthew Sperati to the Crime Victims Compensation Commission.

Cooper said both men are well-qualified to serve in their appointed positions.

“These committed North Carolinians will serve our state well,” Cooper said. “They have demonstrated their experience and dedication to our state, and I am grateful for their service.”

Stone has been sheriff since 2014 and spent 25 years on the State Highway Patrol. He began his career in law enforcement in 1984 with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office.

“I'm humbled to be re-appointed by Gov. Cooper,” Stone said. “I served on the commission under the previous administration and hope to continue the work.”

Stone said the crime commission does a lot of great things for North Carolina, including providing help with grants that help communities with crime-fighting efforts they might not otherwise be able to afford.

Sperati will serve as an at-large member of the compensation commission. He is a managing partner at Lassiter and Sperati and co-owner and legal counsel for Koi Pond Brewing Co. He has served on local boards for the city of Rocky Mount, including the Planning Board and the Housing Authority Board.

Sperati has been practicing law in Rocky Mount for 19 years.

“Obviously, it's an honor,” Sperati said. “I'm looking forward to applying my skill set.”

The compensation commission takes money from grants and through the courts and gives it to victims who have suffered financial loss like medical bills and loss of wages via crimes.

The compensation commission reviews applications and determines the validity of claims.

“I hope to offer my insight as a criminal defense attorney,” Sperati said.

Rocky Mount resident Sheila Martin has also been appointed to the License to Give Trust Fund Commission. Martin is the executive director of the Dunn Center for Performing Arts. She's the founder and chairwoman of the Pitt Charity Golf Tournament, which donates all its proceeds to organ donor education.