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Carlee hires 2 assistants from outside city government

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee has gone outside of the city to hire two new assistant city managers, including Hyong Yi, who is Mecklenburg County’s budget director.

Carlee also hired Ann Wall, who is an assistant city manager of Rocky Mount.

Yi and Wall replace Ruffin Hall, who left in November to become Raleigh’s city manager, and Julie Burch, who retired in December. They start Jan. 20.

Carlee also named Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Director Debra Campbell a permanent member of his six-person executive team. The executive team also includes Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble, current Assistant City Manager Eric Campbell and Carol Jennings, Carlee’s chief of staff.

Assistant city managers are usually responsible for certain parts of the city, such as transportation or housing. Carlee said he isn’t certain how he will divide up duties among his team.

“I want to put everything on the table,” Carlee said. He said he wants his team to be able to back one another up and have complementary roles.

Yi had been the county’s management and budget director for eight years.

County commissioner Pat Cotham said Monday she’s sorry to see him leave the county staff.

“It’s our loss and the city’s gain,” Cotham said. “...He did a great job for us and he’ll do a great job for them.”

Meanwhile, Mecklenburg budget manager Michael Bryant will serve as interim management and budget director, Assistant County Manager John McGillicuddy said in an email Monday.

Bryant has been with the county for 11 years and is expected to remain in the interim position through the current budgeting process that had already begun under Yi, McGillicuddy said.

“But I guess we ought to be consoled by the fact that he won’t be far,” said Trevor Fuller, chairman of the county commission. “Hyong made budgeting very approachable for people who aren’t immersed in that process.”

Wall has worked for Rocky Mount since 1995, as director of planning and community development, budget manager and assistant city manager.

Campbell has worked for the city of Charlotte since 1988.

Council members met Monday night and heard a presentation from Finance Director Greg Gaskins about the city’s annual audit.

The city has had a AAA bond rating since 1972, and Gaskins said he is confident the city will maintain it. But Gaskins said two ratings agencies – Moody’s, and Standard and Poor’s – have changed how they evaluate municipalities when assigning a credit rating in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

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