Mecklenburg commissioner criticized for comments

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Mecklenburg County commissioner is being criticized after she said she would prefer that someone other than a white man be hired as county manager.

The Democratic vice chair of the commission, Kim Ratliff, told WBTV last week she would prefer commissioners not choose a white man. Ratliff is black.

She told the station Monday she was standing by her statement, though she said she may not have used the best wording.

Ratliff told The Charlotte Observer on Wednesday her remarks were taken out of contest. She says she merely meant to indicate she wanted more than just white and black men to apply.

Ratliff says the county has many women in leadership positions.

Republican Councilman Bill James says it's natural that people would be upset by Ratliff's remarks.

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