CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A former city council member will reportedly leave Charlotte to take a position with the federal government in Washington.
Several sources have confirmed to WBTV that former Charlotte City Councilman David Howard has accepted a role within the ranks of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Howard will work in the Federal Highway Administration.
The Federal Highway Administration is one of eleven agencies overseen by the United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. Foxx has held the position since 2013 when he was tapped for the role by President Barack Obama while serving as Charlotte's mayor.
Foxx and Howard, both Democrats, served on the council together for four years, Foxx as mayor and Howard as an At-Large representative.
Howard, who left council after three terms to make an unsuccessful bid for Charlotte mayor, would not comment about the job when questioned by WBTV. Individuals with knowledge about the situation says he is expected to start in his new role at the end of March.
While on the council, Howard chaired the council's governance and accountability committee and served on the intergovernmental relations and environment committees. Howard also served as a council representative for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO).
He was also a senior vice president of the nonprofit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership.
Howard is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a BA in sociology and a certification as a housing development finance professional from the National Development Council.??