Mayor Foxx's Aide Suspended Without Pay for Three Days
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Charlotte's city manager has suspended an aide to Mayor Anthony Foxx for three days without pay after she threatened a city-funded agency.
Foxx has already apologized after aide Tracy Montross told the city's International Cabinet in an email that it was going to lose money in the next budget after the agency refused to pay $4,000 to upgrade the mayor to first-class for a November trip to China.
City Manager Curt Walton said Friday that Montross made a significant mistake and should be punished. But he said it wasn't severe enough to fire her and it didn't fit the criminal definition of extortion.
Montross's suspension starts Tuesday. She was out of her office Friday, and her voice mail said she would not return until Jan. 6.
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