CHARLOTTE, NC -- Charlotte Mayor and City Council announced today their selection of Ron Carlee as the City of Charlotte’s next City Manager succeeding Curt Walton who retired in December 2012.
Ron Carlee will become Charlotte’s 11th City Manager responsible for administering the policy and decisions made by the City Council and overseeing the day-to-day operations of City government.
Carlee was selected among three finalists who included internal candidates Ron Kimble, Deputy City Manager, and Ruffin Hall, Assistant City Manager. The national search was conducted by The Waters Consulting Group, Inc.
“We are fortunate to have had a strong pool of candidates from which to select our next City Manager,” said Mayor Anthony Foxx. “In the end, we felt that Ron Carlee would build on the strengths of our great city staff and help Charlotte move forward. We had great internal candidates, and this process has only reaffirmed the strength of homegrown talent within the City of Charlotte. They remain vital parts of our leadership team going forward.”
Carlee currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). As ICMA’s COO, Carlee provides day-to-day oversight of ICMA’s operations and directs efforts to provide research and implementation tools to professional local government executives. He leads a wide range of partnership relationships with foundations, federal agencies, universities, and private businesses that support local government. Carlee is internationally recognized as an expert in local government and works closely with managers throughout the U.S. and beyond.
Prior to joining ICMA in 2009, Carlee served for nine years as manager of Arlington, Virginia. His primary focus during his tenure as manager was coordinating an unprecedented level of private investment, transforming Arlington’s transit corridors into dense urban areas of smart growth with high quality amenities while preserving traditional neighborhoods. Carlee managed the implementation of the County Board’s vision to make Arlington a “diverse and inclusive world-class urban community.”
Carlee further enhanced emergency response capability after 9/11 and deployed Arlington teams throughout the southeast for various storm events. Carlee coordinated the development of the region’s first inter-jurisdictional, executive response team. In the area of the environment, he developed a comprehensive, systems approach to environmental sustainability, at the core of which is transit-oriented land-use planning.
Specific areas of expertise and accomplishment include financial management; transit-oriented land use; affordable and supportive housing; public-private partnerships; public safety/emergency management; environment; ethics; civic engagement; and inter-governmental/inter-organizational relations.
His 30-year career with the County of Arlington includes the following positions:
• Assistant County Manager
• Chief, Administrative Services
• Budget Analyst, Department of Management and Finance
• Chief Information Officer
• Director, Department of Human Services
• Director, Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Resources
Carlee holds a Doctorate in public administration and Master’s degree in urban studies. He is an adjunct professor of public policy and public administration at the George Washington University. He is also a fellow in the National Academy for Public Administration. Carlee is married to Emily Cross.
“It’s an honor to have been selected City Manager of a city with such a strong reputation for how it conducts business and invests in the future. We have an opportunity to ensure a good quality of life for all residents. I believe we have so much to accomplish and that we will because of the commitment that people have to the city,” Carlee said. “I look forward to working with a talented and dedicated leadership team to implement policy set by Council and to continuously improve upon the level and quality of services delivered to residents.”
Charlotte is one of the largest cities with a Council-Manager form of government dating back to 1929, where the manager reports to the city council and the council votes on the manager’s recommendations. The City Manager ensures that all City services are delivered in an efficient and cost-effective manner.