Former Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee is leaving the city to become a visiting assistant professor at Old Dominion University’s Strome College of Business in Norfolk, Va.
Carlee made the announcement on his Facebook page, adding that he will have two key tasks in his new role: Develop a local government curriculum for the school, and develop a Center of Regional Excellence that will bring leaders together across sectors to solve regional problems.
“Hate to leave Charlotte. Great city with a great future,” Carlee wrote. “This is the work I have long planned to pursue and feel especially privileged to have the opportunity at an entrepreneurial university in an historic community with awesome assets.”
He concludes his statement by adding: “There will soon be a one-of-a-kind condo for sale in Myers Park.”
Carlee announced in February that he would step down as city manager. He was hired in 2013 on a three-year contract, which expired in March.
City council members had been divided over whether to renew Carlee’s contract. Mayor Jennifer Roberts had appointed a special committee to consider whether Carlee’s contract should be renewed. That group was split on whether Carlee should remain with the city, sources said.
Under Carlee’s tenure, the city passed or enacted a number of resolutions or ordinances that pleased progressives, including a new policy to “ban the box” and not initially ask job applicants about their criminal history. Council members also approved a policy that reaffirmed that the police wouldn’t engage in racial profiling; and council members approved giving new legal protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.
Those legal protections eventually led the state General Assembly to pass the controversial House Bill 2 law. HB2 nullified Charlotte’s nondiscrimination ordinance, along with every other municipal non discrimination ordinance in the state.
Carlee had previously been the chief operating officer of the International City/County Management Association and he was a past manager of Arlington County, Va.