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Carlee: City 'more than one man'
Business as usual, Charlotte manager says
Published Friday, March 28, 2014 11:17 am
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee is assuring residents that business will continue in the aftermath of former mayor Patrick Cannon’s resignation after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

“This event does not change how our city is run day-to-day,” Carlee said on Thursday, a day after Cannon quit. “Charlotte is led by a Council/Manager form of government, which means the city manager oversees the City’s operations and City Council provides policy direction and oversight.” 

City Council will take up the subject of selecting Cannon’s replacement at its meeting on Monday. His successor would serve the remainder of Cannon’s term, which ended less than four months from his swearing in.

Carlee insists that city government, which has a budget that exceeds $1 billion, will continue its day-to day functions despite the uncertainty Cannon’s arrest and resignation as well as potential damage to the city’s reputation.

“Charlotte is more than one man,” Carlee said. …”We have a city government staffed by professionals who are devoted to serving the people of Charlotte.” 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Director Debra Campbell, whose department was mentioned by Cannon in his dealings with undercover FBI agents, pledged cooperation with investigators. The department would’ve been responsible for zoning property near the Lynx Gold Line streetcar agents proposed to Cannon as part of a $125 million real estate deal.

“I am proud of my 26 years of service for the people of Charlotte,” Campbell said. “I have always demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and integrity since being employed by the City of Charlotte. The values I hold for myself and my department are honesty, impeccable character and integrity. I expect my staff to adhere to these values no matter who the customer is.”

Carlee said city officials won’t comment on the federal investigation related to Cannon, but will cooperate with federal authorities as it probes who the city conducted business.

“We know that some city departments were mentioned in the complaint,” he said. “We cannot comment on this as we don’t want to do anything that would interfere with the federal investigation. However, if any questionable activities are uncovered, we will act swiftly and take steps to ensure they don’t happen again.

“We will continue to cooperate in every way, provide any documents, and answer any questions that investigators ask,” Carlee continued. “The accusations in yesterday’s warrant do not portray the way the City of Charlotte does business.” 










Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee is correct in his acknowledging the city will continue on its path. The challenges facing Patrick Cannon can no more tarnish the image of Charlotte than the ascendency of Mel Watt and Anthony Foxx to the Nations' Capitol ascribe Charlotte to the stratosphere.
To your journey!
Posted on March 28, 2014

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