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Carlee accepts offer to be new city manager

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte city council members voted 11-1 Monday night to confirm Ron Carlee as the new city manager. He will begin his new job April 1st.

Carlee, a former county manager of Arlington County, Virginia, is currently the chief operating officer/executive in residence of ICMA.

Carlee was selected over two internal candidates: Deputy city Manager Ron Kimble and Assistant City Manager Ruffin Hall.

Carlee was given a three year contract that is worth nearly $300,000 a year. He will also get to use a car that is owned by the city, and will receive six months severance pay if his contract is terminated by the city without due cause.

"It's an honor to have been selected City Manager of a city with such a strong reputation for how it conducts business and invests in the future.

We have an opportunity to ensure a good quality of life for all residents. I believe we have so much to accomplish and that we will because of the commitment that people have to the city," Carlee said.

"I look forward to working with a talented and dedicated leadership team to implement policy set by Council and to continuously improve upon the level and quality of services delivered to residents."

Charlotte Mayor Pro-Tem Patrick Cannon voted against Carlee's confirmation.

"We are fortunate to have had a strong pool of candidates from which to select our next City Manager," said Mayor Anthony Foxx. 

"In the end, we felt that Ron Carlee would build on the strengths of our great city staff and help Charlotte move forward. 

We had great internal candidates, and this process has only reaffirmed the strength of homegrown talent within the City of Charlotte. 

They remain vital parts of our leadership team going forward."

Interim City Manager Julie Burch as been filling in the role since December, when Curt Walton retired after serving in the role since 2007.

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