Charlotte City Council members recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The council on Monday voted to forgo future votes on contracts worth less than $500,000, allowing the city manager greater flexibility to make purchases and set contracts at his discretion.
Charlotte City Council members recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The council on Monday voted to forgo future votes on contracts worth less than $500,000, allowing the city manager greater flexibility to make purchases and set contracts at his discretion. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
Charlotte City Council members recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The council on Monday voted to forgo future votes on contracts worth less than $500,000, allowing the city manager greater flexibility to make purchases and set contracts at his discretion. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Ely Portillo covers local and state government for the Charlotte Observer, where he has previously written about growth, crime, the airport and a five-legged puppy. He grew up in Maryland and attended Harvard University.