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Charlotte City Council to discuss search firms to help replace retiring city manager

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CHARLOTTE -- Monday night, the Charlotte City Council is expected to begin the search process to replace outgoing City Manager Curt Walton. Walton recently announced that he will retire at the end of the year. The Charlotte City Council will vote on three different actions Monday night at their regular meeting regarding this process.

Walton announced his retirement just a week and a half ago and the council is already getting a move on this process to ensure a smooth transition and a quick entrance for the new city manager.

Monday night, council will hear from the city's human resources department about potential executive search firms and costs. They will then vote on having the HR department negotiate a contract with one of these firms to assist in the recruitment process.

Council will also approve the proposed calendar for the recruitment and selection of the candidate. That timeline is being used to make sure a candidate is selected by December or mid-January, right as Walton retires so that the person will be in the position prior to the mayor and council annual retreat the first week of February.

Meanwhile, an email was sent out to Charlotte City Council members by Mayor Anthony Foxx in which he cautioned them about speculating about potential candidates. Foxx specifically address Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon who had floated some names for consideration. Cannon said it was, "a bit over the top" to be called out.

Monday night's meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Government Center.

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