CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There are at least two internal candidates to become Charlotte’s next city manager – Ruffin Hall, an assistant city manager, and Pat Mumford, the head of Neighborhood and Business Services.
Hall, 43, has worked for the city since 2001, and was previously budget director. He was named one of three assistant managers in 2011.
Mumford, 48, is a former Republican City Council member who had previously worked for Wachovia Corp. in environmental affairs. He left the bank in 2009 and moved to a city staff position.
Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble – the city’s No. 2 official – has reportedly applied for the job. Kimble, 59, works on many of the city’s economic development projects, such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame and funding for a new baseball stadium for the Charlotte Knights.
He declined to comment Friday.
The deadline for applications was Friday.
Curt Walton retired as city manager in December after holding the job since 2007. The current interim manager, Julie Burch, isn’t a candidate for the job permanently. Council members decided that whoever became the interim couldn’t apply for the job full time.
There is also believed to be a number of candidates who work outside the city. The applications aren’t open to inspection under the state’s open records laws.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has said that he wants the city to take outside candidates seriously. He has said he’s worried that the city has a reputation for only hiring from within because the last two managers, Walton and Pam Syfert, had previously worked at the city.
The city has hired The Waters Consulting Group to help with the selection process. The firm is expected to recommend a list of finalists to the City Council Jan. 28.
The timeline calls for a candidate to be picked in late February and introduced to the public in early March.
Foxx will vote with the 11 council members in selecting the manager. OBSERVER RESEARCHER MARIA DAVID CONTRIBUTED.