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Charlotte Manager Carlee to work an extra three months

The Charlotte City Council will not renew City Manager Ron Carlee’s contract, people familiar with the issue said Wednesday.
The Charlotte City Council will not renew City Manager Ron Carlee’s contract, people familiar with the issue said Wednesday. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee will remain on the job through the budget process, which ends in June.

Carlee’s three-year contract with the city ends at the end of March. This week he told City Council he would not seek to renew this contract, a decision that came as a number of council members were hesitant to offer him an extension.

Carlee’s staff and council members will meet several times in March, April and May to make decisions about what to fund, and whether or not to raise property taxes.

“I am happy to continue with the city during this transition,” Carlee said in a news release. “I actually enjoy budgeting, especially with the highly skilled budget team in the city. The budget is a huge puzzle of over two billion pieces that can create many different pictures depending on how the pieces are put together. I look forward to helping the Mayor and Council create the picture that fits their policy vision for Charlotte.”

Council will vote on keeping Carlee on March 14.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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