CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This week's announced retirement of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) Chief Rodney Monroe may be causing an internal backlash against Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee. It is the latest in a series of concerns facing the Charlotte City Council.
Hours after the retirement announcement, the council went behind closed doors. WBTV's news partners at The Charlotte Observer reported they considered carrying out a no confidence vote regarding Carlee's performance.
"This is an at-will position reporting to twelve elected officials, and you have to prove yourself literally every single day," Carlee said. "I think I am working very hard to do the best that I can for this city."
Monroe's departure is the latest in the string of concerns impacting the city manager's office.
Critics say that Carlee not acted fast enough in not finding a permanent aviation director for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and that there has been no permanent director named for the Charlotte Area Transit System since the departure of Carolyn Flowers.
Under Carlee's watch, several department heads and assistant city managers have left local government. Still, the city manager feels he has the support of council.
"I think I do have the confidence of a majority of council," Carlee said.
Former Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Wheeler sees it differently.
"Carlee's contract is out in April. I think what will happen is they'll probably get through the budget, and they'll probably tell him his contract won't be renewed," Wheeler said.
Carlee says he isn't sure if he wants to stay.
"I don't even know if I want to renew my contract yet, because frankly, I'm not focused on it. You know that's next spring," he told WBTV.
Following conversations regarding the no confidence that didn't take place vote, Carlee says he has not talked to all eleven city council members.
However, he did hint where he would go to find Chief Monroe's successor.
"I'm thinking that I will look internally, and accessing the talent that Chief Monroe has groomed," he said.
The city manager did say the next few weeks will bring a number of challenges, from approving a new budget to the upcoming trial of former CMPD officer Randall Kerrick.