Politics & Government

Charlotte City Council to name new city manager Wednesday

The Charlotte City Council will vote Wednesday to hire a new city manager.
The Charlotte City Council will vote Wednesday to hire a new city manager. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte City Council is scheduled to vote at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on naming a new city manager, who will take over a city divided after the Keith Lamont Scott shooting in September.

After several months of searching and interviews, council members met in closed session Monday and agreed to terms with the candidate, who doesn’t already work for the city, according to people familiar with the search.

Council members have been secretive about the search, especially compared to 2013, when they last hired a manager.

That year, the city announced that there were three finalists and allowed the public to meet them. They ultimately hired Ron Carlee, who didn’t seek a contract extension this year.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has also historically allowed the public to meet the finalists when hiring a superintendent.

The new manager will replace interim City Manager Ron Kimble, who has held the job since July, when Carlee left the city.

Earlier this month, council members said they wanted to address community concerns after the Scott shooting by having an outside consultant review the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, building more affordable housing and starting a new jobs program. The new manager will be tasked with implementing that vision.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs