Charlotte Assistant City Manager Julie Burch announced Thursday that she will retire in December – the second high-ranking city official to announce a departure within a week.
Burch, who worked for the city for 26 years, was the City Council’s liaison for two committees: Environment and Housing and Neighborhood Development.
She served as interim city manager from December to April, bridging the gap between Curt Walton and current manager Ron Carlee. Burch’s stint in charge was notable for having to manage the city’s early response to the General Assembly’s efforts to shift control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport to an authority.
Last week, Assistant City Manager Ruffin Hall announced he would take the city manager job in Raleigh. Hall’s last day in Charlotte will be Nov. 1.
Burch came to Charlotte in 1987 from Phoenix, where she had worked as an assistant manager for 12 years.
In a statement released by the city, Mayor Patsy Kinsey praised Burch’s “tireless professionalism throughout the years.”
Her last day will be Dec. 13.
Under the city’s current management structure, there are three assistant city managers. There is also a deputy city manager, Ron Kimble.
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