Manager Ron Carlee promotes 2 to senior city posts

After hiring outside the city for two executive positions earlier this year, Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee promoted two city officials to senior jobs, the city announced Friday.

Debra Campbell, the former planning director, is now an assistant city manager tasked with supervising planning, the Department of Transportation and the Charlotte Area Transit System.

She replaces Eric Campbell, who recently left the city to become an assistant manager in Dallas.

Ed McKinney has been promoted to interim planning director, the city said.

Randy Harrington, who joined the city in 2007, most recently headed the city’s budget office and has served as interim finance director since Greg Gaskins retired in July. He’s now the city’s chief financial officer and director of management and financial services, a move that combines budget and finance.

The city has had a number of high-ranking officials leave in recent months, the result of retirements and people leaving for other jobs. Carlee in January filled two assistant city manager openings with two outside hires: Hyong Yi from Mecklenburg County and Ann Wall, who worked in Rocky Mount.

City Council member David Howard praised the promotions Friday. He said he had been an intern for Campbell in 1992, four years after she started working for the city.

“I was Debra’s first intern in 1992,” Howard said. “I’m a Debra fan. She’s a professional, and we can’t do better.”

Howard said Harrington will be challenged in combining finance and budget.

“It will be interesting how he creates a one-stop finance department,” he said. “I know he’s up to the job.”

Campbell made $184,000 as planning director. Her new salary is $190,000. Harrington, who made $151,000 as budget director, will now make $178,500.