Monroe’s new city manager to start by October

Monroe’s new city manager is expected to start work by Oct. 10, city spokesman Pete Hovanec said Thursday.

Larry Faison will be the city’s fifth manager since late 2000; his selection by city council was announced in early July. He will earn $145,000 a year, according to the terms of his employment contract.

Faison replaces John D’Agostino, who was dismissed by a divided city council in early December, a little less than four months after taking the job.

Faison is the city manager in Whiteville. He may start sooner in Monroe, depending on whether Whiteville finds a replacement for him before October, Hovanec said.