CHARLOTTE – News 14 Carolina has learned the city of Charlotte offered its manager job to Ron Carlee.
City leaders and officials are remaining tight-lipped about the offer but negotiations are underway and a final vote is expected Monday. Carlee would be the first non-internal hire as city manager in three decades.
The 59-year-old Carlee has served as the COO of the International City/County Management Association, or ICMA, since 2009. Of the three finalists introduced Wednesday night, Carlee was the least known.
He is a former Arlington County, Va., manager for eight years and was the only external candidate selected to be a finalist. He used that to his advantage.
“I would hope that I could bring a set of fresh eyes and solutions to help the mayor and city council achieve the policies they've identified,” he said.
The council remains split on a capital plan to spur economic development across the city, the most controversial part being the streetcar. Carlee said the debate is actually good for the city and wants to take a closer look at the transit project.
“Rather than costing us money, can it generate other opportunities and grow the economy for the city?” he said.
Mostly, Carlee says he wants to move the city forward.
“I find Charlotte is a strong community that's done really great things, but everybody I've talked to aspires to take it to the next level. That's what I'm interested in. I'm interested in getting things done and pushing it further,” said Carlee.
The city sent out a statement Friday afternoon saying the council will vote on the final manager decision Monday evening.