I see Scott Gray at the Governor's Mansion this week for one of those receptions held for local lawmakers. That means he is doing his job as Chairman. It's not just the meetings and local oversight but its representing the government you work for.
It's building relationships and attending these events (within reason, we can't all match the record of the Lifesave Mayor) accrues to the benefit of the locality.
It's a case of hiring some with "connections" or making connections.