Seven months after being passed over for the city manager job in Charlotte, Ruffin Hall was named the Raleigh city manager Friday.
Hall, a Charlotte assistant city manager, had also been the city’s budget director for a decade. He was one of three finalists for Charlotte’s top job, but former Mayor Anthony Foxx lobbied City Council members to hire an outside candidate during closed session meetings in February.
They picked Ron Carlee, who had been the manager of Arlington County in Virginia. Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble was also a finalist.
Raleigh council members announced Hall was their choice Friday morning.
When Hall was promoted to assistant city manager in January 2012, he helped oversee the Charlotte Area Transit System, Department of Transportation, Engineering & Property Management and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department.
In a statement, Carlee said: “Ruffin’s extensive knowledge and commitment to professional and ethical local government will make him an outstanding City Manager.”
The city said Hall’s last day with the city will be Nov. 1.
Hall is familiar with the Triangle.
He completed a bachelor’s in political science at UNC Chapel Hill in 1992 and later a master’s degree in public administration. He served as assistant to the Chapel Hill town manager in 1998 and 1999, and then spent two years in Durham as a senior budget analyst before moving to Charlotte.
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