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Statements of Charlottesville City Council - August 30, 2017

Post Date:08/30/2017 6:08 PM

Statement of Mayor Mike Signer – August 30, 2017

In the deeply troubling and traumatizing recent weeks, I have taken several actions as Mayor, and made several communications, that have been inconsistent with the collaboration required by our system of governance and that overstepped the bounds of my role as Mayor, for which I apologize to my colleagues and the people of Charlottesville. These actions included an ill-advised Facebook post that impugned the reputations of our City Manager Maurice Jones and our Chief of Police Al Thomas, for which I sincerely apologize.

Going forward, I am committed to working with my colleagues on City Council to putting the needs of the City and our community first. I am looking forward to working for consensus and to forge unity. I have honestly enjoyed this opportunity to discuss a fresh start with my colleagues during this closed session, and am glad to announce that I will be committing to the following four protocols through the rest of this year:

1) With the exception of my regular City Manager check-ins, I will meet with senior staff only with another Councilor present.
2) I will be more mindful of the time of the Council Clerk and Assistant Clerk
3) I will work with my colleagues to ensure that Council meetings going forward reflect shared leadership—with various members taking announcements, public comment and public hearings, and the Mayor chairing the business meeting
4) I will not make public pronouncements or announcements as Mayor without working with my Colleagues and the City Manager beforehand and ensuring their consent, and will always have another Council member present.

City Council Response to Mayor – August 30, 2017

The Charlottesville City Council:

• Accepts the Mayor’s apology and does not request his resignation, but affirms support; and
• Reiterates shared responsibility for good governance and conveys Council’s commitments to working effectively together for the best interests of the City and its people.

Statement of Charlottesville City Council – August 30, 2017

We all faced a horrible tragedy in Charlottesville, a city we all love.

We faced this challenge as a city, as leaders within it, and as individuals. We still face challenges. We acknowledge that people in our community continue to hurt and that we have a long road ahead to address the issue of equity.

But we have to move forward. We have recommitted to one another to work as a leadership team - learning from the events of the day, discovering ways to have a more constructive community dialogue moving forward and, eventually, reemerging as a stronger city. To be successful, we as leaders must be united if we expect our community to be united.

As a first step toward that end, the City is today launching a website,, which will be updated on a regular basis, which will seek to share information as we know it on a series of topics affecting our community.

Collectively as leaders, and on behalf of everyone in our great community, we stand up for our City and stand against hate and racism. We pledge to work together as the City continues to heal.

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