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Statement from Charlottesville City Council

Post Date:05/25/2018 3:17 PM

A statement from Charlottesville City Council on their decision not to renew the City Manager's contract past its expiration on December 7, 2018.

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In the life of any healthy organization, it is important to be able to recognize when change is needed. 

Over the past few years, City Council and the City Manager have worked earnestly to try to reach agreement on a mutual vision for the City and the best ways to implement that vision. However, it has become clear to us that what our City needs at this critical juncture is a fresh perspective and a new direction. 

Therefore, Council has decided not to renew the City Manager’s contract and will move forward with the task of working with the community, our employees, and all of our stakeholders to select a new leader for the City of Charlottesville. 

Currently, Council plans to continue to employ Mr. Jones through December 7, 2018, as is stated by the City Manager’s employment agreement.  However, an earlier separation date may be mutually agreed to by Mr. Jones and City Council.  

We recognize that this is a transformative time for our community, and we will work to ensure that the public is updated on a regular basis with new information as it becomes available. We are committed to creating a healthy and responsive organization that will continue the challenging and rewarding work of fostering a safe and equitable environment for all who live here.

Council thanks Mr. Jones for his years of dedicated service to the City of Charlottesville, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Charlottesville City Council

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