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Statement from Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones
A statement from Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones in response to the decision by Charlottesville City Council not to renew the City Manager's contract past its expiration on December 7, 2018.
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It has been a privilege and an honor to serve this wonderful community for 17 years, especially the last eight as City Manager. We are fortunate to have a City workforce dedicated to providing quality services to our residents, our businesses and our visitors. The men and women of the Charlottesville City government are an important part of enhancing the quality of life in our region. I’m proud of them and the work they do each and every day. We have accomplished a quite deal together during my time as City Manager.
I am particularly proud of our efforts to address issues of poverty in our City – our Growing Opportunities workforce development program, the construction of the Crossings to help the homeless transition from the streets, and the significant increase in our investment in the Affordable Housing Fund which has led to the construction and preservation of hundreds of affordable units. Each of these initiatives came about because of the partnerships formed between the City Council, City government and our friends in the non-profit and private sector who were committed to improving the lives of others.
Charlottesville is a special place. We have our challenges, like all communities, but we also have the resources, talent and compassion to provide solutions to those complex problems. It is my sincere hope that our City will come together as one to address them. I certainly look forward to continuing our important work together during the remainder of my time with the City.
I am blessed to call Charlottesville my home and the people here have been incredibly supportive of me since I arrived in this beautiful city some 25 years ago. I will be forever grateful for the encouragement I’ve received from so many folks from different walks of life and the great experiences we have had together.