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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Ronald G. Seeber, a former Winston-Salem city attorney who defended annexations and wrote contracts that brought new companies to the city, died Friday. He was 71.

Seeber worked in local government for 37 years and spent 24 of them as Winston-Salem’s attorney. He advised five mayors and four city managers through his tenure and helped the Winston-Salem City Council and its predecessor, the Winston-Salem Board of Aldermen, craft legal agreements that brought businesses and jobs to the city.

Mayor Allen Joines said Seeber had been suffering from kidney problems.

“He was a very conscientious person, wanted to make sure that whatever the city did was legal and valid, but on the other hand, he would work hard to make a project work,” Joines said. “The economic development projects I brought to him were very complex, but he was always innovative.”

He said Seeber wrote the legal agreement with Dell Inc. that brought the computer manufacturer to Forsyth County. The agreement required that the company pay back economic-incentive money provided by the city and county if the company closed its local plant, which it did in November 2010.

This article was written by Laura Graff and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.