Charlotte will hire Norfolk’s Marcus Jones as its new manager. Jones is currently the city manager at Norfolk. He will be Charlotte’s first African American city manager, according to news reports.
Jones replaces interim Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee. In February, the Charlotte City Council decided not to extend Carlee’s three-year contract.
Jones spent his career in Virginia as the budget director in Norfolk from 2004 to 2007 before becoming Norfolk’s assistant city manager. In 2011, he became the city manager in Norfolk after a stint in with Richmond city government, according to Norfolk.gov.
Although Charlotte has never had an African-American city manager, current Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles was the city’s first Black assistant city manager in the mid-’90s. Mecklenburg County manager Harry Jones was the county’s first and only Black county manager before he was fired in 2013.
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Below is the mayor of Norfolk’s announcement on Jones’ departure:
“I am proud to announce that Marcus Jones, our city manager, has accepted an appointed to serve as the city manager for the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was in conversation for this position for a little less than a year. Norfolk has been blessed with his leadership for ten years. He served as director of budget and grants management and assistant city manager from 2004 to 2009, and as city manager from 2011 until this year. It is a testament to Norfolk that we attract hard working and visionary public administrators like Marcus who will always be sought after to manage great cities. Marcus will be leaving the second largest city in Virginia to lead the second largest city in the southeast and the third fastest growing major city in the country.”