Zack Matheny charged with DWI

by YES! Weekly staff

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Downtown Greensboro Inc President Zack Matheny was charged with Driving While impaired by Greensboro Police early Friday morning.

According to Susan C. Danielsen, Public Information Officer with the Greensboro Police Department, Matheny, 42, was charged with DWI when an officer of the Greensboro Police Department found him passed out with his head on the steering wheel of a black Land Rover in a parking lot off East Cone Boulevard.

“The officer saw the vehicle parked and running in the parking lot of the (old) Harris Teeter on North Church and East Cone in Greensboro at 3:40 a.m. this morning,” said Danielsen. “The officer pulled up and found the only occupant, Mr. Matheny, in the running vehicle. He had his head on the steering wheel and appeared to be sleeping.”

According to Danielsen, the officer knocked on the window to wake him and had him roll down his window and step out of the vehicle. He was given a field sobriety test and failed blowing over the legal limit. Danielsen could not confirm the specific results of the breathalyzer test on Friday, only that it was over the legal limit. The Triad Business Journal first reported that Matheny blew a .20, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Matheny, who resides at 3204 Roundhill Road in Greensboro, became DGI President early this summer after announcing his resignation from Greensboro City Council at their June 16, 2015 City Council Meeting.

“He was very cooperative and complied with all the officers instructions,” said Danielsen, who noted that this was his first such charge in Greensboro. Matheny stated in published reports that he’d previously received a DWI while a college student at NC State University.

Matheny quickly apologized and admitted to “making a mistake,” which brought accolades from the city establishment, including Mayor Nancy Vaughan and downtown property owner Milton Kern.

DGI Board Chairman Gary Brame said on Tuesday that he was angry and “certainly not pleased” when he first heard the news of Matheny’s DWI charge. Matheny is still employed with DGI “at this point,” Brame said, noting that the organization’s personnel committed made a recommendation to the executive committee within 24 hours of the incident. Brame could not discuss the recommendation, but said that Matheny would be with DGI “for the foreseeable future.”


Say Yes to Education Guilford this week announced the appointment of Mary F. Vigue as the chapter’s Executive Director. Vigue served most recently as Assistant City Manager of the City of Greensboro.

Gene Chasin, the Chief Operating Officer of Say Yes’ national organization, said: “In interviews with Say Yes and with the community partners who served on a local screening committee, Mary Vigue impressed all of us with her obvious acumen as an administrator, her keen political antenna, her demonstrated ability to bring disparate groups together and, perhaps most of all, her appreciation for the mission and potential of Say Yes Guilford.”

Vigue has been Assistant City Manager of the City of Greensboro since November 2014. For nearly a year prior, she served in an interim capacity in that role. She has also been a Budget and Management Analyst for the City of Greensboro, as well as Assistant to the City Manager. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Bachelor’s of Public Administration from Florida International University in Miami.

The Say Yes Guilford partnership is working toward finalizing leases for offices for its administrative operations, one each in Greensboro and in High Point, and Vigue will have an office in each. Her position with Say Yes Guilford is effective Nov. 16.

“Say Yes offers so much to our community, to our children and to our future,” Vigue said. “I’m honored to be given such an amazing opportunity to lead this effort for Guilford County. We have tremendous momentum coming off a great launch to Say Yes Guilford and my job is to keep the ball rolling in implementing the program to the benefit of graduating seniors in 2016 and beyond. I could not be more excited to get started.”

As Executive Director, Vigue’s responsibilities will include managing, coordinating and overseeing the operations of Say Yes Guilford, as well as the chapter’s interactions with a range of audiences and partners across the Guilford County community.

Say Yes also announced the hiring of Dr. Kristen Christman, most recently Director of the UNCG Guarantee with the University of North Carolina Greensboro, to serve as the Scholarship Director for Say Yes Guilford. Dr. Christman will establish the processes for Say Yes Guilford scholarship awards – whose initial recipients will be members of the high school graduating class of 2016. !