Charlotte Names Marcus Jones New City Manager

Charlotte city council believes they have found the man for the job.

CHARLOTTE, NC — HB2. Transparency complaints following the police shooting of Keith Scott. And trust issues from the community for city government and CMPD.

It’s not exactly the ideal situation for a new city manager to walk into. But Charlotte city council believes they have found the man for the job.

“All those in favor, raise your hand.” said Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts at Wednesday night’s special council meeting. “I’d say that is unanimous!”

With that vote, Charlotte has a new city manager. Marcus Jones will make the move from Norfolk, Virginia to the Queen City.

“There’s something special about Charlotte,” said Jones, after being named by the council. “I believe that there’s always an opportunity for innovation. And I believe that if anybody can solve the issues that are happening not just across Charlotte, but across the country, we can begin to solve them here.”

Jones has a long record of public service. Ten years in Virginia state government. Then stints in Richmond and Norfolk; the last six years as city manager there.

Jones is the first African-American city manager for Charlotte. But council says that’s not why he was hired.

“He’s African American, yes,” says Mayor Pro-Tem Vi Lyles. “He is a city manager first and foremost. His commitment to public service, and to our neighborhoods, our businesses, our government, it’s outstanding.”

Jones will start in Charlotte on December 1st. He was one of six final candidates City Council interviewed in the Omni Hotel in Uptown, just hours before a CMPD officer shot and killed Keith Scott on September 20th.

Jones kept an eye on what was happening in the Queen City, and kept in touch with council members.

“He actually called me, and we had a wonderful conversation,” says Councilman Al Austin. “And I wanted to kind of understand what he would do, and also how he felt about still coming here. And he was very much still 100% in, and he had some ideas about how we should proceed forward.”

Jones says the situation in Charlotte never caused any second thoughts about the job. And that his experience as Public Safety Director in Norfolk will help him help Charlotte heal.

“For me, having a police officer be part of the community, and not just someone who is patrolling the community, is very important,” says Jones.

Jones’ contract with the city will pay him $300,000 per year, plus benefits. He replaces interim city manager Ron Kimble, who replaced Ron Carlee in July, when Carlee left the city.