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Outgoing City Manager Talks To WBTV About Retirement

At the end of his 27 year career in local government, Curt Walton ended up in a corner office at the Government Center with a 15th floor top shelf view.

"We have about seven thousand employees, just under seven thousand. We have a budget of one point seven billion dollars," he said.

The buck has stopped with Walton with everything from sanitation to public safety, and since 2007 as city manager, he has witnessed Charlotte make the transition from bank town to energy capital."

Duke Energy is a national leader and to have them here positions us, because all of the people who follow Duke the suppliers and vendors and I think the transition is gonna be very good."

It was last month's Democratic National Convention that put our city on a global stage, and Walton says the game changer in making Charlotte more attractive is a having a new downtown arena.

"If the arena hadn't been placed there, I don't think that all subsequent nightlife, the DNC." he said." I don't think any of that would have happened."

One of the things which happened under his watch is that minorities became known for getting a fair shake.

Three prominent department heads are African Americans Debra Campbell.

She oversees the planning department.

CATS president Carolyn Flowers, and Police Chief Rodney Monroe who were both Walton hires.

"They were the best people for the job, and they are all three remarkable people," Walton said.

There are the brick and mortar projects that came during his tenure including the Nascar Hall of Fame, uptown's baseball stadium now under construction, and this past Thursday morning's opening of the Mosaic Village.


Pride was also found opening a number of new police substations and fire houses.

As city manager, He took on the complexities with two different mayors and several city councils during both the good and challenging times.

"This is a much more complex place, than it used to be," the city manager said." To realize that it's been 27 years here and five and a half in this office, it's really been a great ride, and Charlotte is a really a remarkable place and this is truly a remarkable organization. So I really leave with no regrets." 

His last day is December 21st, and he has not announced any future endeavors. He told WBTV that he just plans to stay in the Charlotte area.

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