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Charlotte City Council begins search for new City Manager

The city of Charlotte has about two months to find a new City Manager. The city's current Chief Executive, Curt Walton, is retiring in December.

Monday night at the City Council meeting, council members are expected to decide and approve the selection process.

The City Manager oversees a $1.7 billion budget and seven thousand employees.

Bob Morgan, President of Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, says "we have long enjoyed strong managers who have not only been good at managing the city's finances and staff, they've been visionaries for this community".

Morgan says the hiring of a City Manager is one of the biggest decisions the City Council can make. He believes the manager has to be 'willing to take risks, willing to invest resources in partnerships with the private sector to make things happen that are visionary".

Council members must first give Human Resources the approval to negotiate a contract with an Executive Search Firm. The Mayor, council members, residents and city employees will give input about the candidates' characteristics and qualities.

According to a proposed schedule of activities and calendar, the application period will close November 2nd. The Mayor and council members will interview finalists during the first week of December.

The city hopes to announce the new City Manager sometime between December 19th and January 7th.

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