New Charlotte City Manager will be announced Wednesday

New Charlotte City Manager will be announced Wednesday

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Sources confirm that Charlotte's city council will announce a new city manager Wednesday.

According to sources, the new hire is very knowledgeable on how to run a city and will be a good fit for Charlotte. WBTV has learned the introduction may happen at a city council meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

The city manager's office confirmed a public meeting would be held Wednesday night in the chamber, but would only say there would be a "special announcement in open session."

Ron Kimble has been acting as the city's interim city manager since July 1. Previously, Kimble was the deputy city manager and has worked for Charlotte since 2007.

Kimble took over after previous Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee told council members in February he wouldn't seek a contract extension.

Carlee was hired in spring 2013. Anthony Foxx, who was mayor at the time, lobbied council members to hire Carlee from the International City and County Management Association. At the time, Foxx said Carlee could be an effective spokesperson for the city.

But during his tenure, Carlee's public role receded, as some council members worried he had become too public. Carlee often spoke about bringing best practices to the city, and he undertook a number of audits and reviews of city departments.

A number of high-ranking city officials left while he was city manager, some complained that Carlee wasn't a team player, which alarmed council members.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts created a five-person committee in December to make a recommendation on whether Carlee's contract should be extended. That group of five council members could not agree on whether his contract should be renewed.

Carlee's contract was slated to end in March, but he stayed on with a short-term contract that allowed him to work until the city's budget was finished in early June.

The city hired the firm Ralph Andersen & Associates to help them recruit and select a new manager.

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